Digest (Aug. 11): Glory Stars streaks to Laurel Park victory

Glory Stars, owned by James A. Shannon Jr., came with a steady drive along the rail to catch front-running Tour de Force approaching the wire and forge a neck victory in Saturday's featured third race, a $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up at Laurel Park. It was 1½ lengths back to 6-5 favorite Zulu in third. Purchased for $900,000 as a 2-year-old in training in 2015, Zulu was making his first start off a $20,000 claim for Monmouth Park-based trainer Jorge Navarro. The Bernardini gelding, second in the Fountain of Youth (G2) prior to winning the Tamarac Stakes in 2016 at Gulfstream Park, bobbled at the break and chased throughout but never threatened the winner. Glory Stars ($27), ridden by Feargal Lynch for trainer Michael Moore, ran 7 furlongs in 1:22.14 over a fast main track for his fourth career win and first since last July at Parx. In Saturday's two $42,000 entry-level allowance events, Shane's Jewel ($12.20) was a two-length winner of Race 8 in 1:09.71 for 6 furlongs, while More Abundance ($13.40) ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.47 over the yielding All Along layout to earn his first turf victory in Race 9. ... There will be carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $1 Super Hi-5 wagers for today's 10-race card that is highlighted by the $100,000 Polynesian Stakes for sprinters 3 and up. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.

 

Memorabilia auction: Frank Robinson's 500th home run bat and a 1970 Brooks Robinson game-worn uniform are being offered as part of the Lelands.com Masters Auction, which closes Oct. 27. Other items include the bat Pete Rose used for his record-breaking 4,192th hit in 1985 and the specially padded 1947-48 Brooklyn Dodgers cap worn by Jackie Robinson to help protect his head from racially motivated beanballs. The Lelands.com auction also features the 1973 Secretariat Belmont Stakes presentation blanket from Penny Chenery, Robinson's final Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn jacket, the WBC championship belt awarded to Muhammad Ali for his 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" win over George Foreman, a 1945 Mel Ott New York Giants game-used jersey, a 1936 Joe DiMaggio rookie year game-used bat, a 1960 Ted Williams game-used home run bat, a bat used by Mickey Mantle during the 1955-57 seasons and Mantle's 1980s Texas driver's license. Additionally, the Lelands.com Invitational Auction, which runs through Aug. 17, includes the only known copy in private hands of the 1894 Temple Cup program between the Orioles and New York Giants. For more information about both auctions, go to lelands.com.

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