Agreement near on HTS racing show

December 19, 1990|By Marty McGee | Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent

LAUREL -- Details of a local cable television show on racing probably will be released tomorrow, Laurel Race Course vice president Jim Mango said yesterday.

An agreement between the track and Home Team Sports, which previously aired a nightly replay show that ended production in January 1989, is "inches away," Mango said.

"We've had about four long meetings with HTS, and we're working out the final parts," he said.

Bill Aber, HTS general manager, was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, Mango said John Curran has been retained to call the Laurel races on an interim basis after Jehan Malherbe returns to South Africa on Dec. 23.

"John will probably call all the way through the Laurel meeting [which ends March 12]," he said. "During that time, we'll be reviewing the box load of tapes that I've received."

Mango said Malherbe, who took over Dec. 1 after Milo Perrins' departure, is a candidate for the job permanently "if he's interested." Malherbe said he has enjoyed his stay and is interested in returning.

Curran is the announcer at Delaware Park, which will not be running while he announces at Laurel. He has filled in occasionally at Maryland tracks in the past year.

* Trainer Joe Devereux is at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., with a stable of six horses. Devereux, who said he plans to commute between California and his Laurel base regularly through the winter, took Spanish Dior, Muddy Rudder, Two Eagles and Minnu with him. Spanish Dior, purchased recently by Edwin Wachtel, won her last Laurel race by 14 lengths. Devereux will train two other horses for Wachtel.

* Knot In My Pocket, a 3-year-old filly trained by Hamilton Smith, died of an apparent ruptured aorta while training at Laurel yesterday morning. She won the Everget Stakes at Delaware Park last year and finished second in the Marshua Stakes at Laurel in January.

Apprentice Mark Rosenthal, aboard Knot In My Pocket when she collapsed, was not injured seriously, but he took off his two scheduled mounts yesterday.

* Carlos Garcia has lost an appeal in Howard County Circuit Court over a January 1989 medication case. La Paramour, trained by Garcia, tested positive for excess Bute. Garcia, who leads all Maryland trainers in stakes victories this year, said he is undecided whether he will appeal his pending 15-day suspension to a higher court.

* Crowned, trained by Laurel's percentage leader, Ben Perkins Jr., tuned up for Saturday's $75,000 All Brandy Handicap with a half-mile workout in 47 seconds before the first race at Laurel yesterday. Thirty Eight Go Go is expected for the All Brandy.

* Julian B. Caughman, known as "Ralph the Barber" during his years as a barber at Maryland tracks, died Monday. He was 82.

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