Pennsylvania’s crop of 2-year-olds has begun to stretch its legs on the racetrack, and they’ve proved that a precocious starter can provide a fast and bountiful return on investment through state incentive programs.

In just two career starts, the juvenile For the Dreamers has earned $41,664 in incentive money based on his status as a Pennsylvania-bred and -sired runner, leading his class through the end of August.

For the Dreamers, a gelding by Talent Search out of the Uptowncharlybrown mare Avery’s Smile, emerged as one of Pennsylvania’s fastest-starting 2-year-olds, after running second by a neck on debut in a 4 1/2-furlong Parx maiden special weight on June 28. He then graduated in impressive fashion with a drawing-away 4 1/4-length score in a five-furlong July 21 maiden special weight at the same track.

For the Dreamers races as a homebred for Uptowncharlybrown Stud, and he is trained by Edward Coletti Jr.

The majority of For the Dreamers’ Pennsylvania incentive earnings have come in the form of breeders’ awards, of which he has made $23,520 in just two starts.

In the case of For the Dreamers, being both Pennsylvania-bred and -sired meant breeder Uptowncharlybrown Stud received a 50 percent bonus on the purse earnings for races run in the Keystone State. With a win and a second in maiden special weight company, both with purses of about $55,000, For the Dreamers’ breeder stood to benefit nicely, even if the gelding wasn’t a first-out winner.

Uptowncharlybrown Stud also picked up $13,440 in owner bonuses through For the Dreamers, in which the owner of a registered Pennsylvania-bred picks up a 40 percent purse bonus through the racetrack for running at Parx.

Rounding out the bonus money generated by For the Dreamers was the $4,704 that went to Glenn Brok of Diamond B Farm in stallion awards as the owner of sire Talent Search. Through the end of July, Talent Search had brought in $44,487 in stallion awards, the fifth most among Pennsylvania stallions up to that point.

Dance Code, the horse that beat For the Dreamers in his debut start, sat in third on the incentive earnings list through Aug. 31, with $18,900 in Pennsylvania-connected earnings for his connections. The Honor Code colt races for owner Richie’s World Stables, and he was bred in Pennsylvania by Blackstone Farm.

Dance Code has raced once in Pennsylvania, winning on debut before venturing out to the East Coast, where he finished third in the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes in Saratoga. For his first win at Parx, Dance Code picked up $10,080 in owners bonuses and $8,820 in breeders’ awards.

Dr. Steve made just one start before the end of August, but he made it count, finishing second on the list with $21,600 in incentive earnings.

The Jump Start colt won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight on debut at Parx as a homebred for Dr. Stephen Morrone, Dan Kimball and John Spendolini.

The partnership that owns and bred Dr. Steve brought in $18,000 in breeders’ awards, while Northview Stallion Station, which stood the late Jump Start, earned $3,600 in stallion awards.


Original source credited to: The Paulick Report


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