GRANTVILLE _ The 2012 stakes racing season gets started at Penn National Race Course on Friday night, with a pair of $75,000 races for sophomores bred in Pennsylvania.
Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.
The races complement the annual Iroquois Awards Dinner that will be held in the Hall of Champions at the track. The Iroquois Awards honor the leading Pennsylvania-bred runners from 2011.
Tom McClay and Mohn Hill Farm's Pollard's Boy will make his 3-year old debut in the $75,000 Danzig Stakes. The bay gelding finished his freshmen season with a 2 1/2-length win in the $75,000 Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes at Parx Racing. Phil Dancer, winner of the $75,000 Philmont Stakes at Parx on April 24, and Jake N Elwood, fourth as the favorite in that race, are also among the eight horses entered for the Danzig.
Dorothy's Aurora and Solid Argument, separated by a half-length when they finished one-two in a $40,000 allowance dash on May 10, will meet nine other fillies in the $75,000 Wonder's Delight Stakes. The former is already a well-traveled veteran, having competed at six different tracks from just 11 lifetime starts.
Two Tone Farm's Love Contract will also attract some wagering attention. She won $149,400 as a 2-year old, and was stakes-placed at Aqueduct earlier this year. She was unplaced in her last two races against better company in stakes races in Philadelphia and Maryland.