Laurel Favorite P Day Takes Challedon

(From track report)
Born on Preakness Day in 1995, P Day has an unusual bond with the Maryland racing community.

Claimed by trainer Scott Lake for owner Adam Russo for $80,000 this summer, P Day returned to the barn of original trainer Charlie Hadry last month. Saturday, the 7-year-old stormed from off the pace and gave his fans a treat with a three-length victory in the $60,000 Challedon Stakes for Maryland-breds.

Apprentice Ryan Fogelsonger settled along the inside while Quick Punch and Quiet Gratitude set a pressured pace. At the top of the stretch Fogelsonger angled out and quickly took command with a driving victory. It was his 11th win in 30 tries over the Laurel Park surface.

The son of Private Terms paid $10.20 to win and topped a $153.40 exacta and $745.60 trifecta. Haygetoutofmyway rallied for second, while Aggadan finished third.

"He's been a great horse and we are happy to have him back," said assistant trainer Charlie Hadry, Jr. "He gives you everything he has every time out and that's all you can ask."

"I just had to be patient and make sure there was enough room when it was time to move," said Fogelsonger, the nation's leading apprentice rider. "He's an old class horse and I was told to just tap him when you want to move. He started creeping up to the field at the eighths pole so I just swung him out and he did all the work."

(Chart, Equibase)