Labor Day Event

$300,000 Turf Monster GIII
$200,000 Greenwood Cup GIII

Monday. September 3, 2018
Gates open at Parx: 11:00am • 
First live post: 12:55pm

Enjoy free family fun in the Picnic Grove, souvenir merchandise and a Selfie Stick Giveaway at Parx Racing® and the Turf Clubs while supplies last! Plus, we’ve got handicapping with “Hudg” offering free picks and handicapping tips on Parx races.

Free Family Fun In the Picnic Grove featuring pony rides, face painters, moonbounces and more from 12pm – 5pm!
Live Music By Jess Zimmerman Band 12pm – 4pm
Jockey Tee Shirt Toss After every live race
Souvenir Photo Booth FREE souvenir photos in our digital photo booth! View guest photos from our Photo Booth on Kentucky Derby Day.
Souvenir Merchandise Available on the first floor
Food & Beverages A variety of BBQ and food & beverage specials will be available
Horseshoe Decorating With $5 donation

Come, Play, Win

Doors Open: 11am | Post Time: 12:55pm | Simulcasting: Noon – Midnight daily

Selfie Stick Giveaway valid while supplies last and one selfie stick per guest. Must be 18 or older to wager at Parx Racing® and must be 21 or older to gamble. Management reserves the right to change or cancel events and promotions at any time.

Selfie Stick Giveaway!

PA Derby Offers $1 Million Opportunity

Blessed with another Triple Crown winner this season in Justify, and knowing that at year’s end his career would move to the breeding shed, racing fans across America were anxiously awaiting news regarding the undefeated colt’s final series of races before the ride was over. When the initial news came from the Justify camp that he was dealing with an ankle problem, most of those close to the game who know how it’s played expected the worst. And indeed those fears were realized when the dreaded word “retirement” finally came down. A meteoric rise to stardom, a racing career that lasted all of 111 days, a sweep of the spring Classics to become a Triple Crown champion would become his full and final resume. And now, for the others, opportunity knocks.

While his departure leaves a great void in the 3YO division and racing in general, what it does do is create tremendous opportunity for any number of talented young horses to add prestigious wins to their records and of course, the accompanying cash that goes along with a major trip to the winners circle. The heir apparent is most certainly last year’s 2YO champion, Good Magic. The Curlin colt may go down in history with his name alongside the likes of Sham and Alydar, outstanding horses in their own right, but born into a crop that included a racing superstar. Big things were expected of Good Magic after the brilliance he displayed in winning the Breeders Cup Juvenile last November, but that was months before Justify’s big blip first appeared on our radar screens. While a top three year-olds accomplishments are largely measured by his record at Churchill, Pimlico and Belmont, when looked at closely, what Good Magic has done this year cannot be undersold. He won the G2 Blue Grass Stakes, a major prep on the way to Kentucky. No one was beating Justify that first Saturday in May, but Good Magic ran huge, running a terrific second and then going all out in the Preakness, trading blows with the champ for 14 of 15 rounds, before finally succumbing, but in truth, finishing a mere one length behind. And now, rested after the taxing spring campaign, returning to the races with a thoroughly convincing victory in the G1 Haskell to remind us of indeed how talented he is. Having won the race just 2 years ago with Connect, trainer Chad Brown may find the G1 Pennsylvania Derby, its $1 million purse and bonus money in play, too hard to pass up and bring his horse to Bensalem September 22nd.

Event Details

Pennsylvania Derby & Cotillion Day
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Featured Races:
$1 Million G1 Pennsylvania Derby
$1 Million G1 Cotillion Stakes
$300,000 G3 Gallant Bob
$150k PA Derby Champion Stakes
$100k Alphabet Soup Stakes

Gates Open: 11:00am
First Live Post: 12:25pm

Join us for free family fun in the picnic grove featuring pony rides, face painters, moonbounce, temporary tattoos and more from 12pm – 5pm! Live Music 1pm – 5pm, Free souvenir photos in our digital photo booth! View guest photos from our Photo Booth on Kentucky Derby Day, Jockey tee shirt toss after the first 7 races, souvenir merchandise available on the first floor, horseshoe decorating with a $5 donation. Plus, a variety of BBQ and food & beverage specials will be available.

Broadcast Details

Featured on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Derby Broadcast:
Saturday, September 22, 4:30pm – 6pm EST

Parx PA Derby Hat Giveaway valid while supplies last and one hat per guest. Must be 18 or older to wager at Parx Racing® and must be 21 or older to gamble. Management reserves the right to change or cancel events and promotions at any time.

Learn More

Smarty Jones Day

Smarty Jones Day

$300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes GIII
$100,000 Salavatore M Debunda PTHA President’s Cup
Saturday, August 25, 2018 • Gates open at Parx: 11am • 
First live post: 12:55pm

Enjoy free family fun in the Picnic Grove, souvenir merchandise and instant tote winners for a souvenir Smarty Cup at Parx Racing® and the Turf Clubs!

Free Family Fun In the Picnic Grove featuring pony rides, face painters, moonbounces and more from 12pm – 4pm!
Live Music By Common Courtesy 1pm – 4pm
Souvenir Merchandise Available on the first floor
Food & Beverages A variety of BBQ and food & beverage specials will be available
Horseshoe Decorating with $5 donation

Must be 18 or older to wager at Parx Racing® and must be 21 or older to gamble. Management reserves the right to change or cancel events and promotions at any time. Visit Parx Racing® for more details. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.

Learn More

Labor Day

Labor Day

$300,000 Turf Monster GIII
$200,000 Greenwood Cup GIII

Monday. September 3, 2018
Gates open at Parx: 11:00am • 
First live post: 12:55pm

Enjoy free family fun in the Picnic Grove, souvenir merchandise and a Selfie Stick Giveaway at Parx Racing® and the Turf Clubs while supplies last! Plus, we’ve got handicapping with “Hudg” offering free picks and handicapping tips on Parx races.

Free Family Fun In the Picnic Grove featuring pony rides, face painters, moonbounces and more from 12pm – 5pm!
Live Music By Jess Zimmerman Band 12pm – 4pm
Jockey Tee Shirt Toss After every live race
Souvenir Photo Booth FREE souvenir photos in our digital photo booth! View guest photos from our Photo Booth on Kentucky Derby Day.
Souvenir Merchandise Available on the first floor
Food & Beverages A variety of BBQ and food & beverage specials will be available
Horseshoe Decorating With $5 donation

Come, Play, Win

Doors Open: 11am | Post Time: 12:55pm | Simulcasting: Noon – Midnight daily

Selfie Stick Giveaway valid while supplies last and one selfie stick per guest. Must be 18 or older to wager at Parx Racing® and must be 21 or older to gamble. Management reserves the right to change or cancel events and promotions at any time.

Bronx Beauty Prevails In Dramatic Flores Memorial

Stake Named for Parx Fallen Hall of Fame Jockey

2 W’s Stables’ Bronx Beauty rallied to the lead with just over a furlong to go and then held off the furious late charge of Dixie Serenade to win the first running of the $100,000 Jose Flores Memorial Stakes by a head.  The stake for three year-old fillies at six and a half furlongs was named in honor of jockey Jose Flores, a Parx Hall of Famer, who tragically passed away this March from injuries sustained in a racing accident at Parx.

Breaking from post seven in the field of ten, it was expected that Bronx Beauty, a gray daughter of Liaison, would be forwardly placed, and with some speed on her inside, winning jockey Frankie Pennington opted to sit just off the pace.  With Bootsy’s Hadenough getting to the front followed closely by Smokinpaddylassie, Bronx Beauty sat third, about a length and a half off the lead as they ran past the half mile pole.  After an opening quarter in 22.24, Bootsy’s Hadenough took the field to the far turn, with Smokinpaddylassie the first to give way and Bronx Beauty now beginning to gain, moving herself into contention on the outside flank of the leader.  In the meantime, Grade 3 winner and stretch running Dixie Serenade was making a bold four wide bid past the quarter pole and looked to have good momentum as the field turned for home.

After turning a half in 45.63, Bootsy’s Hadenough held tough to the eighth pole at which point Bronx Beauty finally got her head in front, but her work was far from done.  Dixie Serenade was bearing down on her and in mid-stretch looked every bit a winner. Bronx Beauty, however, was as game as they come.  She dug in with everything she had and simply refused to let Dixie Serenade get past.  As the two came to the wire together, it was Bronx Beauty who had her head in front, prevailing in a thrilling stretch battle between two quality young fillies.

For Bronx Beauty, who is trained by Tony Margotta, it was the fifth win in her six race career.  She has already won four stakes and now bankrolled over $240,000. Sent off as a slight betting favorite at 9-5, she paid $5.80, 3.40, and 2.80.  Dixie Serenade (2-1) ran terrific in defeat, falling just a head shy, and returned 3.20 and 2.80.  Sweet Candy Dance (7-1) out finished the others for third and paid 4.00 to show.  The final time over a track labeled fast was 1:17.43.

Led by wife Joanne, Jose’s family came out to make the trophy presentation. All of the members of the Parx jockey colony joined as well, making for an emotional moment in the winner’s circle that will be remembered here for a long time to come.

2018 Turning for Home Results

Favored Aztec Sense Proves Best in Turning for Home Stakes

Joseph Besecker’s Aztec Sense took command coming off the final turn and then drew away in the last furlong to win the $100,000 Turning for Home Stakes by three and a half lengths Saturday afternoon at Parx. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the race was the centerpiece of an afternoon dedicated to the Turning for Home program, the racing industries leader in finding and providing new homes and new careers, having now placed over 2,500 retired thoroughbred race horses.

Coming off three consecutive front running victories, Aztec Sense, a 5 year-old gelded son of Street Sense, was expected to be on or near the lead again. However, with a quartet of others all being aggressive in the run to the first turn, winning jockey Paco Lopez instead opted to take back with Aztec Sense, sitting in the clear and fifth on the outside  in the opening stages. He wouldn’t stay there for long. Entering the backstretch, Aztec Sense made a sudden move and quickly went from fifth to second just to the outside of early leader, Thirtysilverpieces with about five furlongs to run. Long shot Moon Gate Warrior (34-1) was also making an early move up the backside, slipped through on the inside of Thirtysilverpieces nearing the half mile pole and took charge after an opening half of 48.83.

Moon Gate Warrior and Aztec Sense remained one-two racing to the far turn, beginning to get some separation on the rest of the field.  Aztec Sense moved to engage the long shot leader midway on the final turn and was roused to the lead at the head of the stretch. Quickly moving clear, Aztec Sense never seemed fully extended through the last eighth of a mile and cruised home a solid three and a half lengths in front.

The win was the fourth straight for Aztec Sense.  Since being claimed for $12,500 out of a start last October by trainer Jorge Navarro, who also won the Turning for Home last year with Maritime Pulpit, Aztec Sense has won five of six and is now a multiple stakes winner. Saturday he was sent off as the heavy favorite at 3-5 and paid $3.40, 2.40 and 2.10. Moon Gate Warrior was making his first start after a $5,000 claim by trainer Lou Linder and ran big in defeat, 12 lengths clear for second, returning 21.60 and 11.00. Ruby Bleu (9-1) out finished the others for third and paid 4.60 to show. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth on a track labeled good was 1:47.53.

FAVORED AZTEC SENSE PROVES BEST IN TURNING FOR HOME STAKES

Joseph Besecker’s Aztec Sense took command coming off the final turn and then drew away in the last furlong to win the $100,000 Turning for Home Stakes by three and a half lengths Saturday afternoon at Parx. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the race was the centerpiece of an afternoon dedicated to the Turning for Home program, the racing industries leader in finding and providing new homes and new careers, having now placed over 2,500 retired thoroughbred race horses.

Coming off three consecutive front running victories, Aztec Sense, a 5 year-old gelded son of Street Sense, was expected to be on or near the lead again. However, with a quartet of others all being aggressive in the run to the first turn, winning jockey Paco Lopez instead opted to take back with Aztec Sense, sitting in the clear and fifth on the outside in the opening stages. He wouldn’t stay there for long. Entering the backstretch, Aztec Sense made a sudden move and quickly went from fifth to second just to the outside of early leader, Thirtysilverpieces with about five furlongs to run. Long shot Moon Gate Warrior (34-1) was also making an early move up the backside, slipped through on the inside of Thirtysilverpieces nearing the half mile pole and took charge after an opening half of 48.83.

Moon Gate Warrior and Aztec Sense remained one-two racing to the far turn, beginning to get some separation on the rest of the field. Aztec Sense moved to engage the long shot leader midway on the final turn and was roused to the lead at the head of the stretch. Quickly moving clear, Aztec Sense never seemed fully extended through the last eighth of a mile and cruised home a solid three and a half lengths in front.

The win was the fourth straight for Aztec Sense. Since being claimed for $12,500 out of a start last October by trainer Jorge Navarro, who also won the Turning for Home last year with Maritime Pulpit, Aztec Sense has won five of six and is now a multiple stakes winner. Saturday he was sent off as the heavy favorite at 3-5 and paid $3.40, 2.40 and 2.10. Moon Gate Warrior was making his first start after a $5,000 claim by trainer Lou Linder and ran big in defeat, 12 lengths clear for second, returning 21.60 and 11.00. Ruby Bleu (9-1) out finished the others for third and paid 4.60 to show. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth on a track labeled good was 1:47.53.

Turning For Home Day

Saturday, June 23, 2018 • 
Gates open at Parx: 11am
 • First live post: 12:55pm


Come enjoy a great day of racing and awareness for responsible racehorse retirement! Enjoy free family fun in the Picnic Grove, LIVE music and our jockey t-shirt tosses after every live race.

Free Family Fun In the Picnic Grove from 12pm – 4pm
Jockey T-shirt Toss With Parx the horse after every live race in the winner’s circle</td<
Live Music Live music in the picnic grove!
Food & Beverages A variety of BBQ and food & beverage specials will be available

Turning for Home is a non-profit group that has provided over 1,800 racehorses with a safe retirement since opening in May 2008. Learn More

Come, Play, Win

Doors Open: 11am | Post Time: 12:55pm | Simulcasting: Noon – Midnight daily

Must be 18 or older to wager at Parx Racing® and must be 21 or older to gamble. Management reserves the right to change or cancel events and promotions at any time. Visit Parx Racing® for more details.

Belmont Stakes

Saturday, June 9, 2018: Belmont Stakes

Gates open at Parx: 10:00 AM
First Live Post: 12:55 PM

How can you JUSTIFY missing the Belmont Stakes at Parx?

Come out and enjoy a day of live racing and be a part of history as JUSTIFY takes his unbeaten streak into the 150th Belmont Stakes, looking to become America’s 13th Triple Crown winner!

Advanced wagering will be available at Parx Racing and near Jax Bar at Parx Casino beginning Friday, June 8 for your convenience. Plus, we’ve got handicapping with “Hudg” offering free picks and handicapping tips on Parx races and Belmont Stakes beginning at 1pm on Saturday, June 9th.

Free Family Fun

In the picnic grove 12pm – 5pm featuring pony rides, face painters, moonbounce and more!

Live Music

In the picnic grove from 1pm – 5pm with Middle Class

Jockey Tee Shirt Toss

After every live race and photos with Parx throughout the day!

Souvenir Merchandise

Available on the first floor & picnic grove

Food & Beverages

A variety of BBQ and food & beverage specials will be available

Come, Play, Win

Doors Open: 10 am | Post Time: 12:55pm | Simulcasting: Noon – Midnight daily

Must be 18 or older to wager at Parx Racing and must be 21 or older to gamble. Management reserves the right to change or cancel events and promotions at any time. Visit Parx Racing for more details. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.