Seven Lords wins 15th of year, one shy of top

December 23, 1990|By Marty McGee | Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent

LAUREL -- Seven Lords notched his 15th victory of the year with a rallying, 1 1/2 -length triumph in the eighth race at Laurel Race Course yesterday, but still trails national leader Jilsie's Gigalo by one.

"Here comes my baby," said owner Richard F. Koch of New York, as Seven Lords entered the winner's enclosure.

Koch bought the 5-year-old gelding in July; he has since won nine races for trainer Rene Araya. His record in 1990 is 15-for-27, with earnings of $118,590.

Jilsie's Gigalo, a much-traveled gelding who has raced at 10 tracks since July, won last Sunday at Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio. He made a quick trip south and was entered in a seven-furlong, $5,000 allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida yesterday. He finished second, beaten by a neck.

Seven Lords has risen steadily in class in recent months. His victory in a $50,000 claiming race yesterday was considered his toughest race of the year.

The one-year victory record for North America is believed to be 19, by Citation in his 4-year-old year, 1949.

"I don't know if we can catch Jilsie's Gigalo," Araya said. "I don't know when we'll get another race for our horse. I was hoping he could run again one more time, either on Dec. 30 or 31. Maybe I can get [Laurel racing secretary] Larry Abbundi to write a race for him."

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