Trainer Elizabeth Voss and jockey Jack Doyle combined forces on Sunday to sweep both ends of Parx Racing’s $25,000 flat race for hurdle horses, with Robert Kinsley’s Unsinkable taking the first race and The Fields Stable’s Bob Le Beau repeating his 2015 victory in the 1 1/2-mile turf race.
Both winners went off at short prices. Unsinkable won at 3-to-2 and paid $5 to win. Bob Le Beau won at .70-to-1 in an entry with Kingdom and paid $3.40 for a $2 win ticket.
Doyle kicked Unsinkable away from the start in the first heat and set all the pace. The Irish-bred led by as many as eight lengths down the backstretch before his jockey gave him a breather on the final turn and then ran strongly through the stretch to win by 6 1/4 lengths.
Morningstar Farm’s 43.40-to-1 longshot Detroit Blues, always well placed under Sean McDermott, ran on well for second, seven lengths ahead of Spirit of Shankly and So Far Away, who finished in a dead heat for third. Demonstrative, the 2014 Eclipse Award winner who won a division of last year’s flat race for hurdlers at the suburban Philadelphia track, finished sixth.
Third in a Radnor Hunt Cup allowance hurdle on May 21, Unsinkable ran the distance in 2:40.22 on turf raced as good.
Bob Le Beau had to work a little harder for his odds-on victory. Doyle kept him tucked behind the pace of Blue Atlantic and turned him loose approaching the final turn. The 9-year-old Irish-bred quickly swept to the lead and opened daylight on his nine opponents.
Gil Johnston’s Share Out, ridden by Blair Wyatt, closed ground to take second, 1 1/2 lengths behind Bob Le Beau, and Clorevia Farm’s Dr. Skip was third.
Bob Le Beau, who used the Parx race last year to prepare for Grade 1 victories in the New York Turf Writers Cup and Lonesome Glory Handicap, ran the 1 1/2-mile distance in 2:41.99.