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Apr 23
Red Reddington, a Gone Astray gelding named after the beloved dark character played by James Spader in "Blacklist," waited for two important milestones before breaking his maiden at Parx yesterday. First was the long-awaited return of the hit series to TV last week, second was celebrating his own birthday; he officially turned three on April 12. Red Reddington had not started since Oct. 17, but he was more than ready for his return, which came in a waiver maiden claiming race at six furlongs over a muddy track in Philadelphia. With Lery Pinero aboard, the gelding stumbled when the gate opened, but recovered quickly and went up to prompt the pace set by Duel at Dusk. The pair drew off from the field, then Red Reddington sprinted away from Duel at Dusk and won by himself by nearly four lengths. He earned $15,000 for the victory, while becoming Gone Astray's fourth winner in the last four days and 23rd of the year, and lifted his sire's progeny earnings to $610,795 . . . At Finger Lakes, Flash Tips went wire-to-wire under Michael Davila Jr. in her first start since Dec. 8, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths with 4 1/2 furlongs in :52.95. Bred by Northwest Stud, the 6-year-old mare by Flashstorm was a $30,000 Timonium Sale 2-year-old. She's won six races, five of them coming at her favorite track in upper New York State.