6 is the saddlecloth of choice for 5 Laurel winners yesterday

January 04, 1991|By Marty McGee | Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent

LAUREL -- Six was the magic number at Laurel Race Course yesterday. Five horses, including Sweet Alex in the ninth-race feature, carried saddlecloth No. 6 to victory.

Sweet Alex, ridden by Edgar Prado, angled off the rail in midstretch before defeating Ismelda by nearly a length in the $27,000 filly-mare allowance.

The winners of the three races that constitute the early Pick Three -- the fourth, fifth and sixth races -- also wore No. 6. Lost Island, All Genuine and Capp The Power combined for a $303.60 payoff.

Marie's Playboy, another No. 6, won the eighth race with a strong stretch rally. Marie's Playboy halted a three-race winning streak for Seven Lords, who was the second-winningest horse in the nation last year with 15 victories. Seven Lords, who was second by 2 1/2 lengths, had won seven of his previous nine starts.

Mario Pino and Mark Johnston rode two winners apiece on the 10-race program.

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