• Wednesday , 22 November 2017

Songbird Captures Cotillion, Collect Wins PA Derby at Parx

Story, photos by Lou Perri

Parx Racing featured The Cotillion, a race featuring top fillies including Songbird, winner of her first 10 starts, and Cathryn Sophoa, who won her first Stakes race by 16 lengths, and the Pennsylvania Derby, in which winner of the Kentucky Derby, Myquist, and of the Preakness, Exaggeration, were featured.

In the Cotillion, Songbird, owned by Wilmington native, Rick Porter, a car dealership, continued her winning streak, beating Cathryn Sophia, by almost six lengths, and Carina Mia by another six lengths.

In the Derby, 12-1 Connect connected to take the Derby for owner Paul Pompo, of Warren, New Jersey, and owner of a Brooklyn-based trucking business, and trained by Chad Brown, who was top winner at Saratoga Springs this racing season. Connect won the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Springs in July, and finish sixth in the Travers Stakes on August 27th. Jockey Javier Castellano, a native Venezuelan who now resides in Garden City, N. Y. was aboard Connect. Derby winner Nyquist was third early on Nyquist moved up at the stretch but could not sustain his move,finishing seventh in a field of twelve.

A North Jersey resident and a Connecticut friend discuss the Parx racing program to select a winner.

A North Jersey resident and a Connecticut friend discuss the Parx racing program to select a winner.

img_1620

These two friends, realitors, , own several race horses and came to Parx for the Derby.

These two friends, realtors, own several race horses and came to Parx for the Derby.

A Northeast Philadelphia trio are frequent Parx visitors and came for the big race, the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion.

A Northeast Philadelphia trio are frequent Parx visitors and came for the big race, the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion.

Another view of Connect at the winner's circle with owners and family.

Another view of Connect at the winner’s circle with owners and family.

Connect is greeted by owners and family at the winner's circle.

Connect is greeted by owners and family at the winner’s circle.

img_1696

Looking at the race on the big screen.

Looking at the race on the big screen.

A younggster grabs a hoof from the pony attraction.

A youngster grabs a hoof from the pony attraction.

A look at the grandstands at Parx Race Track.

A look at the grandstands at Parx Race Track.

Mo 12 is Hit It Once More with Kendrick Carmuche riding.

Mo 12 is Hit It Once More with Kendrick Carmuche riding.

No 11 is Discreet Lover with Jose Flores up.

No 11 is Discreet Lover with Jose Flores up.

No 10 is Sunny Ridge with Joe Bravo in the saddle.

No 10 is Sunny Ridge with Joe Bravo in the saddle.

N 9 is Nyquist, the favorite, with Mario Gutirrez in the saddle.

N 9 is Nyquist, the favorite, with Mario Gutirrez in the saddle.

No 8 is My Man Sam with Julien Leparoux in the irons.

No 8 is My Man Sam with Julien Leparoux in the irons.

No 7 is Gun Runner with Florent Geroux in the saddle. Gun Runner finished in second place.

No 7 is Gun Runner with Florent Geroux in the saddle. Gun Runner finished in second place.

No 6 is Wild About Deb, with Tiago Periera aboard. He finished third in the race,

No 6 is Wild About Deb, with Tiago Periera aboard. He finished third in the race,

No 5 is Cupid with Rafael Bejarano up.

No 5 is Cupid with Rafael Bejarano up.

Another look at Connect.

Another look at Connect.

No 4 is Connect with Javier Castellano up, and the ultimate winner of the Derby.

No 4 is Connect with Javier Castellano up, and the ultimate winner of the Derby.

No.3 is Summer Revolution with Mike Smith in the saddle.

No.3 is Summer Revolution with Mike Smith in the saddle.

No 2 is Exaggerator with Kent Desprmeaux up. He was expected to be a contender.

No 2 is Exaggerator with Kent Desprmeaux up. He was expected to be a contender.

No1 is Awesome Slew with Poco Lopez aboard.

No1 is Awesome Slew with Poco Lopez aboard.

img_1679 img_1678 img_1677 img_1676

Start of the Post Parade.

Start of the Post Parade.

A tro of trumpeters bring the race horses to post.

A trio of trumpeters bring the race horses to post.

This New Yroker, a woman who works as a dog walker, came early to retrieve a poster of the big day with signatures of several jockeys.

This New Yroker, a woman who works as a dog walker, came early to retrieve a poster of the big day with signatures of several jockeys.

A photo shows Songbird with the winner's floral bouquet draped around her neck.

A photo shows Songbird with the winner’s floral bouquet draped around her neck.

Songbird is seen as the winner.

Songbird is seen as the winner.

The Cotillion as viewed on the big screan.

The Cotillion as viewed on the big screen.

A father hoists his young daughter to gain advantage in seeing the races.

A father hoists his young daughter to gain advantage in seeing the races.

No 6 is Queen Esther with Jockey Carol Cedeno aboard.

No 6 is Queen Esther with Jockey Carol Cedeno aboard.

No 5 is Songbird with Mike Smith up.

No 5 is Songbird with Mike Smith up.

No 4 is Land Over Sea with Jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard.

No 4 is Land Over Sea with Jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard.

No 3 is Disco Rose with Jockey Edwin Rivera up.

No 3 is Disco Rose with Jockey Edwin Rivera up.

No 2 is Cathryn Sophia with Jockey Javier Castellano aboard

No 2 is Cathryn Sophia with Jockey Javier Castellano aboard

No 1 is Carina Mia with Jockey Julien Leparoux

No 1 is Carina Mia with Jockey Julien Leparoux

img_1655

No5 is Songbird with Jockey Mike Smith up.

No5 is Songbird with Jockey Mike Smith up.

Riders up for The Cotillion

Riders up for The Cotillion

img_1650 img_1648

The Cotillion program choices are viewed by hundreds of race fans.

The Cotillion program choices are viewed by hundreds of race fans.

AAclose up of race horse owners.

A close up of race horse owners.

A look at race horse owners.

A look at race horse owners.

The track viewing area.

The track viewing area.

Several of these people are trackemployees and discuss program choices.

Several of these people are track employees and discuss program choices.

A look at the interior of Parx Race Track.

A look at the interior of Parx Race Track.

These ladies traveledto the race track from Pittsburgh, Pa, to see Songbird run in The Cotillion.

These ladies traveled to the race track from Pittsburgh, Pa, to see Songbird run in The Cotillion.

img_1637 img_1636 img_1635

Race horses are shown to race enthusiasts prior to a race.

Race horses are shown to race enthusiasts prior to a race.

This couple attend feature races at various tracks throughout the United States..

This couple attend feature races at various tracks throughout the United States..

Close up of race garments.

Close up of race garments.

Track employees were selling race garments.

Track employees were selling race garments.

A close up of these lovely ladies and the hats they wore.

A close up of these lovely ladies and the hats they wore.

These young ladies wore special chapeaus for the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion.

These young ladies wore special chapeaus for the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion.

This couple came to the Parx Race Track to see Songbird race.

This couple came to the Parx Race Track to see Songbird race.

A view of horses parading for an earlier race at the Parx.

A view of horses parading for an earlier race at the Parx.

A view of an earlier race at the Parx track.

A view of an earlier race at the Parx track.

Related Posts

Leave A Comment