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2011 Pennsylvania Derby (G2)

Date/Track:
Post Time:
5:45 PM ET
Distance:
1 1/8 m (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3 M
Time:
1:47.34

What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Pennsylvania Derby (G2)...

To Honor and Serve put on a quite the display, November 26, 2011, when he rolled clear of the classy Calibrachoa. The son of Bernardini has been a puzzling this season, to say the least. After his two year old season, he had built up such a reputation that he was made the favorite of the Fountain of...Read More
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  • gocashking · I'd bet $500 he doesn't go undefeated - providing he races all year. No shot. · 872 days ago ·
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  • atamulonis · Great points, Laura. I had not realized that THAS had done his best running at Aqueduct, but you're certainly right there. Should be interesting to see what he does next year. · 871 days ago ·
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Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice, most recently 4th in the Travers, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby from Parx Racing. Read More
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  • CauseForConcern · As for the rain forecast, Ruler On Ice does have the experience, but, THAS has never been over a sloppy oval. His sire has produced 30% mud winners, which is a very high percentage. So, therefore, despite the fact that he's never seen a sloppy track, I believe he might be there, based on his sire's mudder% winners. Let the race begin!!!! · 939 days ago ·
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  • Protagonist · Hey Coggins whoo's laughing now, THAS, proved to be the key foe in Stakes Record Time! Ruler On Ice did have something to say ,he finished second, and Rattlesnake Bridge was Third! Where is Rush Now? His Rushing Skills are about as good as the Chicago Bears,as they couldn't contain GREEN BAY! · 934 days ago ·
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Questions of whether or not he was truly back were answered decisively today as To Honor and Serve dominated the Pennsylvania Derby...Read More
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  • BrianZipse · I think we have both, icyhotboo. · 934 days ago ·
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  • zxswordxz · Rule on Ice had a bad position. He should have never position they horse so far back. If that horse was around the 5 position. He would have won. · 934 days ago ·
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To Honor And Serve cruised to a strong prominent throughout tally over Belmont Stakes hero Ruler On Ice in Saturday's Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx. Read More
  • CauseForConcern · Brian Zipse: I don't know if you recall, but four weeks ago, you named Stay Thirsty the Horse Of The Week, and I had made a suggestion that To Honor And Serve was deserving IMO. He proved me right today. Hope you give me consideration. · 935 days ago ·
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  • CauseForConcern · Correction: Give him, not me, consideration. · 935 days ago ·
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A Canadian star, two sons of Bernardini and the Belmont Stakes winner are set for the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx.Read More
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  • jinlie01 · My pick is THAS..ROI (especially off track) and RR are the main competition. The only question is why JVelasquez is opting to ride RR instead of THAS. At least Lezcano has ridded him before at 2. · 938 days ago ·
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  • CauseForConcern · Nice trifecta. You listed it in order. Hope you stayed with your idea. · 935 days ago ·
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Of course, it was To Honor and Serve. He was the favorite and was bound to win. I even started thinking he was gonna win it. It was a total gimme. I still like J W Blue. Personally, one of my favorites. :)
Arthur's Tale tracks the leaders and comes back running
THAS and then Pender Harbour for my long shot..how are the track conditions?
It’s nice to have choices, unless you make the wrong one...Read More
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  • annmatt · I'm not excited about Lezcano being on To Honor and Serve, would prefer Castellano or Gomez or nearly anyone else. · 936 days ago ·
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  • boxersdaddy · I would have to venture rb, as he looks like he is coming off of more consistently better performances. If i recall correctly his recent ragozin #'s are better than THaS'. · 936 days ago ·
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With the forecast of rain for Philadelphia on Saturday, the prospect of a wet Pennsylvania Derby has me thinking back even more to one of the most incredible races I’ve ever seen. When this year’s field enters the starting gate, it will be almost exactly 25 years to the day since Broad Brush pulled ...Read More
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  • BrianZipse · Thank you, Renee! ... Lisa Maguran also posted the video of the race on my Facebook page. · 938 days ago ·
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  • Winplacsho · Thanks for posting that link, that has to be one of the weirdest races I · 937 days ago ·
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Pender Harbour, the son of Philanthropist who took the final two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, is ready to contest the Grade 2, $1-million Pennsylvania Derby, Saturday in Philadelphia. Coming off two gutsy performances, starting with a nose nod in the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes on July ...Read More
The Pennsylvania Derby was first run in 1979 at Keystone on Memorial Day with the Woody Stephens trained Smarten taking the winners share of the $100,000 purse. In 1981 the race became a grade three stake.Read More
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  • CauseForConcern · Oh, by the way, that was 1980. And, thanks Matt for your story. · 939 days ago ·
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  • AndyScoggin · Spearfish got claimed from us after about a year and then claimed again. That trainer got him to climb the claiming ladder and win 4 races in a very short period of time. Spearfish was them claimed and disappeared forever. We eventually heard what happened. It is sad that there are a few trainers that don't care about the condition of their horses. I really do believe that those types are the exceptions in racing and that most trainers do care about their horses. · 939 days ago ·
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Which version of To Honor and Serve will show up at the Pennsylvania Derby?Read More
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  • CauseForConcern · champion2011: That is a good point. Wonder if Velazquez thinks that Rattlesnake is the better horse? · 940 days ago ·
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  • DeadHeat · I do not think this field is weak at all. You have the Travers runner up and third place finisher and the Belmont winner, just off the top of my head. Plus the surface can be a little bit quirky at times. If THAS is the type of horse that can't go eye to eye with top horses he will run third to horses that may not be nearly as talented. From what i have seen this year he won't go by a horse if they fight back and they are abreast eachother. · 939 days ago ·
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Are Mike Repole and Todd Pletcher tipping their Breeders' Cup plans by running Uncle Mo in the Kelso?Read More
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  • DeadHeat · It could go either way still, IMO. Personally I would have loved to see him in the Sprint. The Mile is good, but still does not seem to hold the prestige that the Classic or Sprint does. If the connections do opt for the Classic I would not count him out. He is that talented and proffesional. He showed he could rate last out, that he doesn't need to be right up on the pace all the time and that will help him a great deal. Those who harp on his breed only have Indian Charlie as their primary argument, even though Mo has Arch as a grandsire, who goes back to Kris S, who was also in the pedigree of Zenyatta and Rock Hard Ten. Blame had Arch for a sire and could get 10f very well. Indian Charlie may not be the best distance sire, but his foals can typically get up to 8.5f on average and he has on occasion had a good distance runner, Fleet Indian being one. So there is stamina there. · 951 days ago ·
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  • HORSEFACE · Here we go...... with the Mo Joe.... HYPE.... he will never get a 1 1/4 not in this life time so count him out write a new chapter in history how? He did not run in the kentucky derby or any classic race and look like he will not face the best of the best in the BCC....so i say he is runnin out of time on makein history likin sparks and the dirt mile will be no walk over!!! not with T.C & J.B in the race. · 950 days ago ·
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While his foot may sting a little from a lost shoe, Uncle Mo provided good reason to believe he is on his way back to the top...Read More
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  • winwinwin · I've been to thousands of races and these young whippersnappers don't have a clue . That photo favored the outside horse after they passed the wire . It was windy and the wire moved forward a milluonth of an inch . · 959 days ago ·
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  • icyhotboo · the photo has always favored the outside horse, whats new? · 959 days ago ·
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Todd Pletcher said that the Kelso and Pennsylvania Derby are among the options for Uncle Mo. Pletcher also said Stay Thirsty would most likely head to the Jockey Club Gold Cup.Read More
With a stop in between at either the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Monday, Sept. 5 at Parx or the Grade 1 King’s Bishop on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Saratoga, 4th-place Haskell finisher J J’s Lucky Train will target the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday, Sept. 24, trainer Bill Anderson said. &n...Read More

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