Pennsylvania Derby Day

Saturday September 24, 2011: Parx Racing

Horseplayers gather by the paddock before the $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes, a six-furlong contest for three-year-olds.

The seven-horse field includes Wine Police (#4), Indiano (at center) and Biddy (#1, John Velazquez up).
Royal Currier, ridden by Stewart Elliott, wins the Gallant Bob Stakes by three and 3/4 lengths, setting a track record for six furlongs.

Royal Currier is trained by Patricia Farro.
Bill Mott trains To Honor and Serve, one of nine three-year-olds who will take part in the million-dollar grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby.

Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice, ridden by Garrett Gomez, is trained by Kelly Breen (at right).
Trainer Tony Dutrow's entry is JW Blue.
John Velazquez will ride Pennsylvania Derby contender Rattlesnake Bridge.
Alan Garcia has the mount on Arthur's Tale.
Norman Asbjornson is ridden by Julian Pimentel.

Isn't He Perfect has already competed in ten races this year, including both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He also raced six times as a two-year-old. Jaime Rodriguez will ride him in the Pennsylvania Derby.
Ontario-bred Pender Harbour, ridden by Luis Contreras, is making his first start outside of Canada.

The race begins.
Rush Now, Kendrick Carmouche up, takes the early lead and holds it for three quarters.

To Honor and Serve, after taking the lead from Rush Now, draws away in the stretch to win the Pennsylvania Derby by two and a quarter lengths.
Ruler on Ice is second.

Jaime Rodriquez and the heavily raced Isn't He Perfect finish last.
To Honor and Serve and jockey Jose Lezcano join Bill Mott in the winner's circle.
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