The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association hopes to build on its first "Pennsylvania's Day at the Races," which featured six restricted stakes Oct. 6 at Philadelphia Park.
Funds for the six $50,000 stakes, for horses foaled in the Keystone State, came from the almost $15 million the industry received from the legislature in 2000 and 2001. Breeders hailed the event as long overdue for state-bred runners who regularly compete in open company.
"We're finally getting a day to show the country what we've been doing well for a lot of years," said Peter Giangiulio of Castle Rock Farm in Unionville, Pa., and a director of the breeders' association. "Hopefully we can build on this. We have one of the absolutely best programs, and we're growing."
Said Joseph Kratowicz, who with his wife, Elizabeth, owns Brandywine Bloodstock and the stallion Power of Mind: "The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has done a lot for racing in the state, and I'm delighted about this day. I'd like to see a stallion series in the future for progeny of Pennsylvania sires."
The winners on the Pennsylvania's Day at the Races were:
- Thomas McClay's Beau's Surprise (the Lil E. Tee Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs).
- Plumstead Stables' Golden Lake (the Go For Wand Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs).
- Tradewind Stable's Sir Echo (the Yankee Affair Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the turf).
- New Farm and Ben Perkins Sr.'s Volley Ball (the Storm Cat Stakes for 2-year-olds at six furlongs).
- Edward Lane's Arty'svirginiagirl (the Mrs. Penny Stakes for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, at 1 1/16 miles on the turf).
- Susan LeBarron's Classic Verse (the Devil's Honor Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs).