Race of the Week 2017

Zito Wins Penn Derby With Morning Line

Passed in upper stretch by A Little Warm, Morning Line battled back along the rail to get up by a neck in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) to win his stakes debut for trainer Nick Zito at Parx Racing Sept. 25.

Zito won his third Pennsylvania Derby in the past five renewals of the 1/18-mile test of 3 -year-olds at the former Philadelphia Park. His prior victories came with Sun King in 2005 and Anak Nakal in 2008. There was no race in 2006.

Just six contested the Pennsylvania Derby, which was moved from its Labor Day Labor slot to the final weekend of September this year and went head-to-head with the Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs for what's left of a depleted 3-year-old male division.

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