Part'N Parcel Takes First Round of Don K. Memorial Starter Series
Part’N Parcel and Marlon St. Julien survived a long three-wide journey to capture the first round of the $30,000 Don K. Memorial Starter Handicap Series on Wednesday, August 1 in front of a packed house as Hoosier Park Racing & Casino opened their 18th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.
Starting from post five, St. Julien and Part’N Parcel broke well from the center of the 12-horse field as Thabit and Carol Cedeno from post eleven picked up the early advantage. Thabit went an opening quarter in :23.13 and the half in :46.98 under Cedeno while Burning Bush and Fernando De La Cruz sat second on the outside. Part’N Parcel stalked the pace-setters from three-wide in third and waited patiently for his cue from St. Julien.
As the field turned for home, Part’N Parcel had advanced nicely into the second spot and was tracking Thabit to the top of the stretch through a three-quarter split in 1:10.83. Part’ N Parcel was able to put away a tiring Thabit, but the five-year-old gelding’s fourth victory of the season did not come easy, as Victory Notion commenced a hard charging rally on the outside under Victor Lebron. Part’ N Parcel was able to turn back the challenge to finish a nose in front with a final time of 1:35.49. Bobby Sands and Christopher Emigh finished third. Part’N Parcel returned $12.60 for the win.
“I thought there were some pretty nice horses in here,” winning trainer Chris Dorris noted. “But I knew he’d make a good showing of himself. The timing for this series was just right because this horse likes to fire back quick and he’s been pretty consistent all year.”
The Mineshaft gelding shipped to Hoosier Park after posting a third place finish in a one mile starter optional claiming event at Ellis Park. As for where the Mineshaft gelding is headed next, Dorris looks to keep the gelding right where he is at.
“We’ll stay around here for this series until the distance gets too far for him,” he remarked. “And just keep hoping he races the way he did tonight, Marlon (St. Julien) did a good job with him tonight.”
Dorris co-owns Part’N Parcel with Margo Scott who has now won four of his seven starts this season, while earning over $40,000.
The second round of the Don K. Memorial series is slated for Wednesday, August 22. The $30,000 race will be contested at a distance of one mile.