Three of Capuano's horses are winners

January 14, 1991|By Marty McGee | Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent

LAUREL -- Trainer Dale Capuano sent out winners in three races at Laurel Race Course yesterday.

Capuano, who saddled five horses on the 11-race card, met For True, Bag the Elephant and Thirtyeightexpress in the winner's circle. From his other starters, Thirtyeight Charms finished second and Gentle Is the Nite third.

Last year, Capuano finished third in victories among Maryland trainers. Combined with the winners sent out by his father, Phil, he would have been second behind King Leatherbury. Phil Capuano was named as the stable's trainer while Dale served 65 days in suspensions.

Capuano has won six races in eight 1991 racing dates in Maryland, tops among trainers.

* Jockey Jim Wallace has appealed the stewards' recommendation of a $1,000 fine to the Maryland Racing Commission.

The fine is for "failing to ride out" his mount, Roger K., a narrowly beaten runner-up in the last race at Laurel, on Jan. 3.

Wallace, who acknowledged that Mark Johnston was fined an identical amount last summer for the same offense, described the fine as "excessive and abusive."

* Trainer Frannie Campitelli begins serving a 15-day suspension today for a case dating to July 1989.

Campitelli lost an appeal to the racing commission in a case involving Highland King, who tested positive for excessive Bute, an anti-inflammatory analgesic.

Joe Furfure Jr., former assistant to Bob Klesaris, will train Campitelli's horses during that period.

* Lance won the $26,000 feature at Laurel yesterday by an easy 11 lengths over Marie's Playboy.

The triumph moved jockey Joe Rocco to within six of the 2,000-victory plateau.

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