August 2017 Issue - page 8

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August 2017
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
Pennsylvania Equestrian
received second place honors
in the American Horse Publi-
cations annual Equine Media
Awards. The winners were
announced at the AHP’s annual
Equine Media Conference held
in Scottsdale, AZ in June. This
year’s competition for material
published in 2016 drew 783
entries from 105 members, an
Fourstar Crook has been on
some kind of roll. A roll since
October of 2015. After losing
the third start of her career in
July, 2015 in a state-bred special
weight at Saratoga, she hasn’t
lost since. On July 4 at Parx
Racing, the 5 year-old Freud
mare made a big late run down
the middle of the turf course
and rallied to win the Grade
3 $200,000 Dr. James Penny
Memorial Stakes by two lengths,
winning her eighth consecutive
race.
Pennsylvania Equestrian Wins 17th Award
increase in entries and partici-
pants from last year.
Judges awarded second
place in the Breaking News or
Investigative Reporting, Sin-
gle Article category to Amy
Worden’s article,
Horse Beat-
ing Generates Calls for Stiffer
Animal Cruelty Laws,
published
in September 2016. The judges
commented, ‘this entry shows
the reporter's strong instincts.
Going beyond a normal breaking
news event to help the reader
understand why the story is
important and what it says about
the times we live in is what sepa-
rates distinctive reporting from
the mundane.’
The award is Pennsylvania
Equestrian’s 17th award for edi-
torial excellence.
Fourstar Crook Wins Doc Penny Memorial
Breaking from the outside
gate in the field of eight, win-
ning jockey Joe Bravo quickly
took Fourstar Crook back off the
pace and settled in sixth through
most of the first half mile. Long
shot Thundering Sky and second
choice Cambodia were up front
running one-two through frac-
tions of 24.00 and a fairly com-
fortable 48.64. Bravo was clearly
in no hurry. Midway up the
backstretch, while sitting about
five or six lengths behind, one
of the other runners at the back
started to move and actually went
past Fourstar Crook, leaving her
now seventh out of eight moving
for the far turn. Still no panic in
Bravo.
Moving outside for clear
running, Fourstar Crook didn’t
really start her run until she was
midway around the final turn,
launching that run three wide
from about six lengths out of it.
She fanned even wider coming
off the last turn and once she
was straightened away it was all
over. She started mowing them
down while surging down the
middle of the course and while
she hadn’t made the lead yet,
by mid-stretch, it was clear who
was going to win. Cambodia
was finally able to wrest the lead
from the tired, long shot leader
turning for home but she would
be no match for the fast closing
Fourstar Crook. Taking the lead
inside the final sixteenth of a
mile, Fourstar Crook quickly
drew clear and flashed under the
line, officially two and a quarter
lengths in front. While she had
won three consecutive state-bred
stakes in New York, this was
the first graded stakes win of
her career. Her lifetime mark
now stands at 8 wins from 11
starts with earnings just shy of
$500,000.
Despite the win streak,
despite the fact that she runs
for Chad Brown and despite the
fact that she had the top Beyer
figures in the race, Fourstar
Crook, owned by Michael
Dubb, Bethlehem Stables &
Gary Aisquith, went off as third
choice at 7-2 and paid $9.20,
5.00 and 3.40. My Impres-
sion (11-1) was well placed
throughout and got up late for
second and paid 9.60 and 6.00.
Cambodia (3-1) sat the stalking
trip, led with a furlong to go
but weakened late to finish third
and paid 3.20 to show. The
final time for the one mile and
one-sixteenth over a turf course
labeled firm in 1:42.78.
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