LAUREL -- Thirty Eight Go Go's first start under new ownership -- and perhaps her last -- will be in the $75,000 All Brandy Handicap at Laurel Race Course tomorrow.
The 5-year-old mare was sold Dec. 10 for $250,000 by Janet Wayson. Her new owner, David Hutson, is a developer and breeder from Jacksonville, Fla.
King Leatherbury, who has trained Thirty Eight Go Go throughout a career that has earned her two Maryland-bred divisional titles and $857,836, said Hutson bought the horse as a broodmare prospect.
"I'd think he would want to keep her in training until she hits the $1 million mark," Leatherbury said. "That's the magic number because it looks so good next to a mare's record. I'm sure he realizes that."
Because Thirty Eight Go Go has collected most of her earnings against Maryland-bred company, Leatherbury believes she could go over $1 million next year by racing in Maryland. "That's what I'll lobby for," he said.
However, Morgan "Sonny" Wayson Jr., husband of Janet Wayson, said, "I think the deal was that she'd run once in his [Hutson's] name, then retire." Hutson could not be reached for comment.
"We certainly had some good times with her," Wayson said. "She's been one of a kind for us. We're more in the racing end than the breeding end, and it [the sale price] is what I consider to be in the upper echelon of the business. It was something we had to go for."
Thirty Eight Go Go is one of eight fillies and mares entered in the 1 1/8 -mile All Brandy.
* There was no agreement on the planned Home Team Sports racing show yesterday.
Scott Broyles, HTS spokesman, and Jim Mango, Laurel vice president, said details are not ready for release, although a deal apparently is imminent.