Bernie Bond, 74, maintained his position as Maryland's top trainer of 2-year-olds when his first-time starter, Noholmes Barred, won the seventh race yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.
Noholmes Barred, the 3-5 favorite, broke on top, maintained a lead throughout and pulled away to a 9 1/2 -length victory in the first race of the year in Maryland for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
The son of General Holmes out of the Cornish Prince mare, Nishe, was ridden by Gregg McCarron, who had to do little urging to make the dark colt run. The Florida-bred covered five furlongs on a fast track in 59 seconds.
Northern Nights, ridden by Edgar Prado, was second and Castelli Dancer, with Marcus Assia aboard, was third.
Bond also won the first fillies 2-year-old race of the season Thursday with Duds.
* My Restless Boy, a 3-year-old gelding, broke down on the turn and threw rider Frank Douglas to the track in yesterday's six-furlong third race.
The horse, which broke its left foreleg, was humanely destroyed. Douglas was removed from the track in an ambulance and taken to Sinai Hospital for X-rays of his left ankle. They showed no fracture.
* Four races, beginning with today's Acorn Stakes from Belmont Park, will be simulcast to Pimlico and Laurel over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
Meadow Star, last year's 2-year-old champion filly, will head the field in the one-mile Acorn. Withallprobability and I'm A Thriller also will be in the field.
Tomorrow the Peter Pan Stakes, a prep for the Belmont, will be simulcast. Among the contenders will be Scan, ridden by Jerry Bailey, at 126 pounds; Quintana, with Angel Cordero up; Kyle's Our Man, also at 126 pounds; and D. Wayne Lukas' Star of Cozzene, to be ridden by Julie Krone.
On Monday, local bettors can wager on the Jersey Derby from Garden State Park, with local runner Tank plus Subordinated Debt, Sea Cadet and Greek Costume in the field, and the Metropolitan Handicap from Belmont, featuring Housebuster, Greydar and Black Tie Affair.
NOTES: Blue by Who, a 7-year-old gelding trained by Sal Campo who has won 6 of 7 starts this year and finished second in the other, will be making his 86th career start in today's 10th race. He will be after his 28th career victory. . . . In the Curl, a 7-year-old mare who has won three of four stakes race this year, will try for her fourth in Monday's Jacob France Handicap. Her chief rival is expected be Hero's Hurrah. . . . Mike Luzzi rode 1 winner yesterday to raise his Pimlico jockey standings lead to 57. . . . Eternal Charmer, ridden by Allen Stacy, fell on the backstretch in the eighth race. Neither was seriously injured, and Stacy led the 5-year-old gelding off the track after the race. . . . The Double Triple carry-over for today is $65,769.