As horseplayers at Pimlico Race Course and the Laurel Race Course intertrack outlet saw it, something had to be paid -- either hell or the rent -- in yesterday's $19,000 feature.
Dancinwiththedevil was the 6-5 favorite, and Land Lord was 7-5. The rent came due quickly, as Land Lord dominated from the outset when beating Tacoboy in 1 minute, 11 2/5 seconds in the six-furlong event. Dancinwiththedevil faded to fifth.
Land Lord, 3-for-4 lifetime, is one of those horses with a name that attracts attention and wisecracks. As he crossed the wire, the voice of track announcer Milo Perrins blared, "Finally, a landlord we like!"
The winner topped a $16.80 exacta and ended a late Pick Three worth $2,703.20.
*Apprentice rider Calixto Juarez had an eventful afternoon at Pimlico. He won the sixth race on Probably the One for his seventh victory of the meeting. Then, Juarez was thrown from Half Spin, a first-time starter, in the seventh. He escaped without major injury, but he surely felt worse when he was taken off all remaining mounts: Boundless Bou, his scheduled mount for the eighth, won at 36-1.
*There was one winning Double Triple ticket yesterday. Abduction won by a tiny margin over Tormentada in the fifth race, second half of the wager, culminating in a $53,811 payoff and eliminating the possibility of a big pool for the mandatory payoff that comes with tomorrow's closing-day program.
*A barrage of show wagering on the Leroy Jolley entry in the Matron Stakes simulcast yesterday resulted in a minus pool of $800.
Meadow Star, coupled with Really Quick, won easily after drawing $37,888 of a $39,050 show pool.