Klassy Briefcase sets 5-furlong record Pimlico mark falls on meeting's last day

September 19, 1990|By Dale Austin

Klassy Briefcase is in a record-breaking pattern.

Harry Minassian's 5-year-old mare broke the mark yesterday for five furlongs on the turf at Pimlico Race Course. It was her third notable performance recently.

The time -- 56 3/5 seconds -- took two-fifths of a second off the course record and earned Klassy Briefcase's owners $26,754.

The victory came in the $44,575 Park Heights Handicap, headliner of closing day at Pimlico.

"She broke the Monmouth Park record in June," trainer Philip Serpe said. "The last time she ran at Meadowlands, she led all the way and won the Seton Hall Stakes by two lengths. She probably would have broken that course record, but some geese were on the turf and when she saw them, she kind of hesitated and it took awhile for her to get going."

The victory at Pimlico, under Jose Ferrer, was similar in one way to her previous race there -- she had to survive a foul claim to win. When the mare came in for an overnight event Aug. 19 and won easily, there also was a foul claim.

Fortunately for Klassy Briefcase, the result was the same.

When jockey Anthony DeSilva got off the long-shot runner-up, Big Rose, yesterday, he walked to the telephone and said, "We're going to win this race, one way or another." Then, he claimed foul against the winner.

The Pimlico stewards, who earlier yesterday had suspended DeSilva seven days, rejected his protest. Klassy Briefcase drifted in front of Big Rose during the stretch run, but the stewards decided it wasn't sufficient interference for a disqualification.

"These five-furlong turf races get kind of tough," Serpe said. "You know, they don't want to lose any ground. This mare [Klassy Briefcase] had to carry top weight [124 pounds] here. When you carry more weight, it doesn't help any."

Pimlico staged its final racing day of 1990 as part of a 10-day meeting.

When meetings are changed from one year to another, it makes comparing statistics difficult. Although the 1989 meeting toward the end of the season was much longer, the track's figures indicated a daily mutuel average of $1,479,905 for Pimlico, and its intertrack facility at Laurel Race Course showed a 2 percent increase in betting.

Attendance declined .6 of a percent. The turnstiles at the two locations had a combined average of 10,858.

At a 22-day Pimlico meeting July 26-Aug. 24, business was down 4.7 at the mutuel windows and up 1 percent in attendance.

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