Leatherbury seeks answers in Gala Lil 'Cap

January 26, 1991|By Marty McGee | Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent

LAUREL -- Trainer King Leatherbury should have answers to the questions he's been asking himself after today's $50,000-added Gala Lil Handicap at Laurel Race Course.

Such as: Is it worth keeping Thirty Eight Go Go in training if she keeps running poorly? And, can Wait For the Lady handle stakes-caliber opposition and/or two turns?

Leatherbury will send out those two in the competitive filly-mare event. Ten are scheduled to run, and 10 is the maximum for the 1 1/16-mile distance.

"I'm a little bit lost where Thirty Eight Go Go is concerned," Leatherbury said. "She certainly hasn't come back to her good form.

"If she doesn't run well [in the Gala Lil], it looks like we'll go ahead and retire her and breed her. The only reason she's been kept in training was to hit that magic million mark, because it increases a mare's value so much."

Thirty Eight Go Go, a career earner of $861,436, has been particularly dull in recent outings. She has lost her past seven starts.

Wait For the Lady, who runs uncoupled in the wagering with Thirty Eight Go Go because of separate ownership, faces a different problem. The filly romped over allowance sprinters, but tries stakes company for the first time and is unproven in route races.

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