Trainer says Festin no stick in the mud


May 05, 1991|By MARTY McGEE

Festin, upset winner of the Oaklawn Handicap on a sloppy track, is not getting the respect he deserves, says his trainer, Ron McAnally.

Festin is one of seven pre-entered in Saturday's Pimlico Special.

"Everyone thinks he'll only beat Unbridled and those other horses again if it's muddy in the Pimlico Special," McAnally said last week at Churchill Downs. "He ran second on a fast track in the Santa Anita Handicap. He's proven he's one of the top older horses in the country."


Even if the Racing Times had been available in Louisville during Derby week, surely its war with the Daily Racing Form would have been overshadowed by the Derby.

But the past-performance paper was still being sold only at tracks in Florida, New York and northern and southern California.

"Hopefully, we'll have them in Maryland for the Pimlico Special," said editor Steve Crist. "That's our next market."

More than any other horse race, and perhaps as much as any sporting event, the Derby attracts celebrities.

A list of politicos and other dignitaries was headed by Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Movie and TV stars included Whoopi Goldberg, John Goodman, Dixie Carter, Hal Holbrook, Rod Steiger, Patrick Duffy, Dyan Cannon, Rich Little, Jennifer O'Neill, Charles Bronson, Morgan Freeman and Marcia Warfield.


A nationwide Pick-7 pool on the 1991 Breeders' Cup races is a the Thoroughbred Racing Association (TRA) announced Friday.

The bet would allow commingling of wagers from throughout the country into a pool at Churchill Downs when the eighth Breeders' Cup is run Nov. 2.

In Maryland, where commingling will become legal July 1, patrons will likely be able to bet into the pool, which TRA and Breeders' Cup officials estimate could exceed $10 million in its first year.

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