Pennsylvania Derby Day

Saturday September 21, 2013: Parx Racing

The day's events include two million-dollar races for three-year-olds, the grade I Cotillion and the grade II Pennsylvania Derby.
Horses walk in the paddock before the Alphabet Soup Handicap, an ungraded stakes race on the turf.
From left, Shetan, Roadhog, SS Skittles, and Incisive Strike race toward the finish in the Alphabet Soup.
Roadhog, a six-year-old Pennsylvania-bred gelding ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, beats Shetan by half a length.
English Manor, Rosario Montanez up, takes part in the post parade for the grade III Gallant Bob Stakes, six furlongs on the dirt for three-year-olds.
Black Hornet (left), with Kendrick Carmouche, and City of Weston race in the Gallant Bob.
City of Weston, ridden by Paco Lopez, wins by 3/4 of a length.
Joshua Navarro will ride Dancing Afleet in the grade I Cotillion Stakes for three-year-old fillies . . .
. . . and Luis Saez will ride Carnival Court.
Kendrick Carmouche has the mount on My Happy Face.
Cotillion contenders Promise Me More (#8), ridden by Jose Ortiz, and Street Girl (#10), with Angel Castillo, are in the walking ring before the race.
Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Asiya.
Dancing Afleet (TR on blinkers) and Seaneen Girl, Paco Lopez up, join the Cotillion post parade.
Sweet Lulu (#7) and Julien Leparoux take the early lead. Both Carnival Court (#2, right) and Asiya broke through the gate before the start.
Close Hatches, with jockey Mike Smith, wins the Cotillion Stakes.

The winning filly's trainer is Bill Mott.
Close Hatches, whose damsire was Storm Cat, is owned by Juddmonte Farms.
Romansh, trained by Tom Albertrani, . . .

. . .Moreno, trained by Eric Guillot, . . .
. . . and Battier, trained by Todd Pletcher, enter the paddock for the grade II, million-dollar Pennsylvania Derby.
Mike Smith will ride Fury Kapcori for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

D. Wayne Lukas and Jerry Hollendorfer watch as the Derby contenders circle the walking ring.
Also in the walking ring are connections some of them very young of the Derby horses.
Transparent, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, takes part in the post parade.

Will Take Charge (#7, left) is Lukas's entry in the Derby; #6 is Fury Kapcori.
Java's War, with Julien Leparoux, is trained by Barclay Tagg.

Moreno, right, with Jose Ortiz, leads as the horses head to the first turn.
Will Take Charge, Luis Saez up, wins the Pennsylvania Derby by two and a quarter lengths.
Will Take Charge returns from the gallop out alongside Speak Logistics, ridden by Paco Lopez.
Owner Willis Horton, right, leads Will Take Charge into the winner's circle.
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