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Parx Racing and Parx Casino announced betPARX will be the title sponsor of the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) to be held on Saturday, September 24. The betPARX Pennsylvania Derby (GI) will anchor a star-studded card which will also include the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (GI), the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (GII), the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (GIII), the $300,000 Turf Monster (GIII) and five other stakes races including the Parx Dirt Mile.

“We are excited to partner with betPARX as the title sponsor for the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby. This continues the evolution of the PA Derby becoming a premier 3-year-old racing event and a major prep for the Breeders’ Cup. Partnering with betPARX allows us to strengthen our commitment to racing in the Commonwealth,” said Chief Operating Officer of Parx Racing Joe Wilson.

“BetPARX is thrilled to partner with Parx Racing and this prominent GI race in Pennsylvania ~ right at our own track. We know racing fans tend to also enjoy casino and sports betting action on the betPARX app making this the perfect partnership within the Parx family.” said Matthew Cullen, Senior Vice President of Interactive Gaming and Sports, betPARX.

Earlier this year, Parx Casino unveiled the new, interactive betting platform branded as betPARX. The betPARX app features a wide variety of online casino slots, table games, sportsbook and numerous risk-free promotions.

With a rich history that has grown since the inaugural running in 1979, the Pennsylvania Derby (GI) has served as a major final prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI). The Pennsylvania Derby (GI) is the penultimate race on the card for the biggest day of racing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The list of horses to win the Pennsylvania Derby (GI) includes champions and high profile names including Broad Brush (1986), Afleet (1987), Summer Squall (1990), Macho Uno (2001), Harlan’s Holiday (2002), Will Take Charge (2013), Bayern (2014), Frosted (2015), West Coast (2017) and Hot Rod Charlie (2021).

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Hambletonian winner Captain Corey trotted away to victory in the $300,000 Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial Trot, tying his lifetime record of 1:51, on August 21, 2021 by two and one-quarter lengths.

With the winner’s share of the purse at $150,000, Captain Corey surpassed the $1 million mark in career earning. It was his fourth win in just six starts that. He was trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for the S R F Stable, Knutson Trotting and the Midnight Sun Partners.

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