Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes Day

Saturday November 28, 2009: Philadelphia Park

Colts and geldings, 3 and older, circle the paddock before race 8, a one-mile, seventy-yard starter allowance that preceded the Nursery Stakes. Indy Knight, 3, is at center.
The Cat Rules, 3, and jockey Josiah Hampshire Jr. head to the track for the eighth race.
Westward Go, 5, approaches the starting gate.
Louie’s Terra, a 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred gelding ridden by Richard Monterrey, wins race 8.
Shellback enters the walking ring before the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes (race 9), a seven-furlong contest for Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Stakes contenders El Rocco, left, and Zipatron arrive at the walking ring.
Turbo Speed (right) and Closing Vision (below) walk in the paddock before the Nursery Stakes.
Josiah Hampshire Jr. has the mount on Sunshine Jamie for the Nursery Stakes.
Turbo Speed (left), David Cora up, catches front-runner El Rocco, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, in upper stretch. . .
. . . then passes him to win the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes by one and a half lengths.
After his second-place finish in the Nursery Stakes, Kendrick Carmouche heads to the jockeys’ room to get ready for race 10, the final competition of the day.
5-year-old mare Stephen’s Reason enters the paddock before race 10, a claiming race for mares and fillies 3 years old and upward.
Foxy Chapeau, also 5, awaits the day’s last race.
Turner Falls, at 3 the youngest of the nine mares and fillies entered in the race, walks in the paddock.
4-year-old Quiet Lee (#4) and her jockey, Samuel Bermudez, take part in the final post parade of the day, followed by 5-year-old Scarlet Legacy (#5), with Jermaine Burke.
The horses round the final turn and head for home: from left, Stephen’s Reason, Vesper, Foxy Chapeau, Emma’s Valentine, Lady Fendi and Scarlet Legacy.
Stephen’s Reason (#6), Kendrick Carmouche up, fights for the lead on her way to winning the tenth race.
Cause to Smile (#7) finishes second; Vesper (left) is third. Race 10 carried the lowest purse of the day--$18,000—and any one of the nine fillies and mares who ran in it could be claimed for $5000. Only Vesper was claimed.
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