In the Curl barely held off a stretch-long surge from heavily favored Hero's Hurrah to win the $43,750 Primonetta Handicap at Pimlico Race Course yesterday.
"She's game, boy," said Mike Luzzi, who took a 32-31 lead over Edgar Prado in the Pimlico riders' standings with the Primonetta victory. "I hand-rode her real aggressively, and she dug in as best she could."
In the Curl was always prominent in the six-furlong race, and when Hero's Hurrah made her bid, In the Curl refused to let her past.
The 7-year-old mare continues to pay dividends on the $75,000 gamble that trainer Dale Capuano took for owner Nick Rinaldi over two years ago. Capuano claimed In the Curl for that sum, the highest amount for which a horse can be claimed in Maryland. She has won about $330,000 for Capuano.
Prado rode Iceycindy, third-place finisher in the race, but only after escaping unscathed in a spill in the second race. Grand Colony fell nearing the quarter pole, throwing Prado.
Prado was taken to Sinai Hospital, where X-rays for neck and rib injuries proved negative; he missed the meat of the card but was able to return for the Primonetta, saying later he did not want to go to the hospital, anyway.
In the Curl, third choice in a field of six fillies and mares, returned $12 to win after running the distance in 1 minute, 10 3/5 seconds over a "good" track.
In the Curl's triumph wasn't the only good news of the weekend for Capuano, 28.
On Friday night, Wind Splitter made a successful return from a lengthy layoff when winning a six-furlong allowance race at Garden State Park in 1:09 4/5. The 5-year-old gelding underwent successful surgery for a chipped sesamoid bone during the respite.