LAUREL -- Heavily favored Gala Goldilocks romped to her third consecutive easy victory yesterday in the $75,000 What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Race Course.
The speedster owned by Gertrude Leviton of Atlantic City, N.J., won by seven lengths over Nicki, second choice in a field of five 2-year-old Maryland-bred fillies.
Indian Anthem finished third, followed by Wide Country and An Air Frolic.
Gala Goldilocks went into the seven-furlong What A Summer with triumphs against maidens in an allowance race and in the 6 1/2 -furlong Cameo Stakes here Oct. 8. Her time was 1 minute, 23 4/5 seconds.
Gala Goldilocks paid $3.60 to win and $2.80 to place. She was such a strong favorite that in show betting, a minus pool of $194.20 was created. Track management must pay minus pools from their share of profits to guarantee a payoff of $2.10 for every $2 bet.
Gregg McCarron rode Gala Goldilocks. "I'm going along about at the three-eighths pole," McCarron said, "and Danny [Wright, rider of Nicki] is just behind and I can see him. All at once, she [Gala Goldilocks] starts moving and it's all over. I just went along for the ride."
Gala Goldilocks, by Shelter Half from the mare Gala Goldie, earned $45,000. Her previous winnings totaled $57,638.
Gala Goldilocks' next start is likely to be in the $150,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship here Nov. 24, at 1 1/16 miles.
"She's not eligible," trainer Bernie Bond said of the filly championship, "so we'll have to supplement her." The supplemental fee is $7,500.
* A 30-minute television documentary on training horses in Maryland is scheduled Dec. 15 on WHUR, Channel 32, in Washington. Sandra Auman is the producer.
* Bob Manfuso, part owner of Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, has been nominated for the board of directors at Hollywood Park on a slate put together by R.D. Hubbard. Manfuso is one of 11 nominated as part of a proxy fight aimed at getting rid of Marje Everett, chief operating officer at the Inglewood, Calif., track.
Hubbard heads the move to oust Everett.