BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Pine Brook Farm’s Foggy Night put away Yesternight at the top of the stretch before pulling away to win the $200,000 Cathryn Sophia by two-and-a-quarter lengths at Parx Racing Tuesday.
The victory in the mile-and-70-yard Cathryn Sophia against six other 3-year-old fillies was the second stakes victory in the last three starts for Foggy Night, who won the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks by a length-and-three-quarters at Delaware Park on July 1. In her last race, the daughter of Journeyman Stud’s leading Florida sire Khozan was second to Occult in the Grade 3 Monmouth Park Oaks on July 29.
Yesternight led Cathryn Sophia through quarter-mile fractions of :23.89 and :49.29 as Foggy Night and jockey Luis Saez tracked in third on the rail from about a length-a-half back. Foggy Night used her inside path around the far turn to get within a half-length of Yesternight before the two fillies straightened for home heads apart. Foggy Night proved to be much the best in the final three-eighths as she drew clear to win in 1:47.34 on the fast track.
Yesternight held on for second with Majestic Creed another half-length back in third. Miranda’s Rocky, Stellar Lady, 8-5 favorite Southlawn and Promiseher America completed the order of finish.
Foggy Night paid $7.20 to win as the 5-2 second choice.
The chestnut filly is trained by Robert Reid and improved her consistent record to four wins with five seconds in 10 starts with her only blemish coming when sixth in the Grade 2 Demoisel won by Julia Shining over a sloppy nine furlongs at Aqueduct in December. Foggy Night was second to Good Sam in the $150,000 Tempted at Aqueduct in November in her stakes debut. She has three wins and three seconds from six start at Parx including a six-length victory in a $40,000 optional claiming against fillies and mares going seven furlongs in June.
The $115,200 first-place check in the Cathryn Sophia improved her career earnings to $443,750.
Foggy Night is out of Settling Seas, by Stormy Atlantic and was bred by Brent and Crystal Fernung, who sold her from their Journeyman Bloodstock consignment to Pine Brook for $20,000 at last year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale in April.
Settling Seas has five winners from seven starters with Foggy Night her only black-type performer. Foggy Night has an unraced full brother in Show Boat, who Journeyman Bloodstock consigned and sold for $45,000 to Just for Fun Stables at the OBS Spring Sale in April. Settling Seas was bred to Journeyman Stud stallion Uncle Chuck in 2022.
Social Inclusion’s Gordian Knot Wins Salvatore M. DeBunda
Gordian Knot – Nikki Sherman EquiPhoto
Gordian Knot, a Pennsylvania-bred son of Social Inclusion, who stands privately at Briardale Farm near Belleview, Fla., held off a late run by 15-1 longshot Praetorian Guard to win the $75,000 Salvatore M. DeBunda by a neck at Parx Racing Tuesday. A field of seven 3-year-olds went six-and-half furlongs in the Salvatore M. DeBunda with Gordian Knot winning his third straight in a final time of 1:19.83 on the fast track.
Sent to the post as the 4-5 favorite, Gordian Knot went after frontrunners Stud Lovin and Joey Freshwater with a quarter mile to the finish and those three hit the top of the stretch three across the track with Gordian Knot on the outside. Gordian Knot drew off to a length-and-a-half advantage inside the final sixteenth when Praetorian Guard came with a furious rush from last in the middle of the track to finish second.
Stud Lovin was another length-and-a-half farther back in third followed by Depoli, No Confession, Florida-bred Awesome Strong and Joey Freshwater.
Gordian Knot paid $3.60 to win.
Gordian Knot is a homebred for Joseph M. Imbesi of Manalapan, Fla., who also stands Social Inclusion at his Briardale Farm. Gordian Knot is out of the Florida-bred mare Mia, by Put It Back and is a full-brother to an unraced filly, Flamingo Way and a Florida-bred yearling colt, Lanky Leader. Mia has a Florida-bred weanling filly by Social Inclusion and was bred again back to Social Inclusion in 2023.