Debra W. Kachel’s Lake Placid, jumping well under Jacob Roberts, set all the pace in a $30,000 Parx Racing optional allowance race and turned back Cornhusker to win by three-quarters of a length on Sunday, June 5. Peace Fire, the 2.10-1 favorite, finished third in a field of eight.
Trained by Ricky Hendriks, Lake Placid became a three-time winner in 2011 with a gutty performance as the 3.30-1 second betting choice. The Giant’s Causeway gelding won a Middleburg Spring maiden claiming race by 16 lengths on April 23, when Hendriks claimed him for $10,000 from owner-breeder Bertram R. Firestone for Kachel.
Lake Placid subsequently won an optional allowance race by 13 lengths at the Virginia Gold Cup meet on May 7 before losing rider Brian Crowley in the James M. Moran Jr., a $25,000 Sport of Kings claiming race, at the Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa., on May 21.
Roberts sent six-year-old Lake Placid to the front at the start of the 2 1/16-mile race and had early pressure from Armata Stable’s Cornhusker, ridden by Paddy Young, and Ann Stern’s Peace Fire, with Xavier Aizpuru in the irons.
Peace Fire, sent off at 10.90-1, made his bid at the final fence and drew within a head before tiring. Cornhusker, three lengths behind them at the final obstacle, made up ground through the stretch of the suburban Philadelphia track but could not catch Lake Placid, who ran the distance in 3:40.83 on firm turf.
In the afternoon’s other steeplechase race, William E. Riddle Jr.’s Dr. Wheat closed stoutly through Parx Racing’s stretch to nose out front-running Easy Reach in a $25,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle at 2 1/16 miles. Trained by Chuck Lawrence and ridden by Robbie Walsh, Dr. Wheat went off at 15.40-1 and ran the distance in 3:44.60.