Pennsylvania Derby Day

September 25, 2010: Parx Racing (Philadelphia Park)

Dubai's Debut, a four-year-old Florida-bred gelding, is the winner of race 5, one mile and 70 yards on the dirt. The first seven events of the day, including this one, were claiming races.
Lesly's Back circles the walking ring before race 6, a one-mile dirt race for mares and fillies three and upward.
Lesly's Back (center) stumbles at the start of race 6. The five-year-old Pennsylvania-bred mare finished seventh of nine.
On a High Cloud, a six-year-old Florida-bred mare ridden by Roberto Alvarado Jr., returns after winning race 6.
Kendrick Carmouche guides Affluent Lady to a first-place finish in race 7, six furlongs on the dirt for mares and fillies. Also a Florida-bred, the five-year-old Affluent Lady was claimed in this race for $8000.
Hard-working track ponies take a break between races.
One Ocean Drive, a four-year-old gelding ridden by Abel Mariano, wins race 8, a six-furlong starter allowance.
Speaking by phone to the stewards, Josiah Hampshire Jr., whose mount finished fourth in race 8, lodges a complaint of interference against the winning jockey. The order of finish was upheld.
Colts and geldings from three to six years old compete in race 9, the 2nd running of the Kelly Vollmar Texas Dash, one mile and seventy yards on the turf.
Hacendado, a three-year-old colt ridden by Juan Belmonte Jr., returns to the unsaddling area after his eleventh-place finish in race 9. According to the chart, he "faded toward the final turn."
West Ocean, John Velazquez up, takes part in the post parade for the 4th running of the Turf Amazon Handicap, five furlongs on the grass for fillies and mares three and older.
Rose Catharine wins the Turf Amazon; West Ocean is second.
First Dude enters the paddock for the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby. The big colt had finished either second or third in each of his last five outings, all of which were Grade I races.
First Dude's regular jockey, Robby Albarado, waits for him in the paddock area.
Albarado and First Dude race just behind the pacesetter, Morning Line.
A Little Warm (center, with Garrett Gomez) poses a threat to the leaders in the stretch but Morning Line (John Velazquez up) wins the 31st running of the Pennsylvania Derby and First Dude finishes second.
Nick Zito is the winning trainer.

This was Morning Line's third win from five starts this year. He also had two seconds.
John Velazquez converses with the track mascot, Parx, in the winner's circle. Philadelphia Park's name was changed to Parx Racing in 2010.
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