The hot weather has coincided with torrid races atop the jockey and trainer standings at Pimlico Race Course.
After 56 racing days, there is a dead heat for both leading jockey and leading trainer.
With a victory yesterday, Mike Luzzi pulled back into a tie with Edgar Prado. Each has ridden 59 winners.
Among trainers, Dale Capuano has equaled perennial leader King Leatherbury with 26 winners. Since Jan. 1, Capuano still has a slight margin over Leatherbury.
But no Pimlico jockey has been hotter recently than Joe Rocco. And no trainer is having a better meeting than Richard Delp.
When Rocco won yesterday's eighth race on Sisaroo, it was his eighth winner from 13 starters. Rocco lost with his last two mounts, making him 8-for-15 since he won the last race Friday.
Delp, older brother of Grover "Bud" Delp, won two races yesterday, giving him 20 victories for the meet. He said the streak is the best of his 14-year career as a trainer.
* John E. "Jack" Owens and his wife, Roseanne, were killed Saturday in an automobile accident near St. Michaels. Owens, 57, was the former owner of Little Bold John, one of the most popular horses in Maryland racing history. Owens sold Little Bold John to trainer Jerry Robb last year.
* Trainer Barclay Tagg got good news and bad news after Air Attack won a $35,000 claiming race in 1 minute, 40 1/5 seconds on the Pimlico turf Monday.
Air Attack set a course record, but it was not discovered until yesterday. The track program erroneously reported Onyxly's 1985 record as 1:40, but it was actually 1:40 3/5.
The bad news: Air Attack pulled up lame and had to be taken away by van. But Tagg said yesterday that the gelding apparently just bruised a foot on the hard turf course.
* Hippomenes, trained by Carlos Garcia, won the $75,000 Kentucky Budweiser Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on Monday. The 2-year-old colt was purchased by Garcia for Robert Sangster and partners in April for $125,000. He was making his first start for his new connections.
* Two Maryland-based mares go for big money Sunday. Wait For the Lady, trained by Leatherbury, is a probable starter in the $200,000 Hempstead Handicap at Belmont Park, and Miss Josh, a turf specialist trained by Tagg, leaves Thursday night for Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., to run in the $100,000 Gamely Handicap on turf. The Hempstead will be simulcast to Pimlico/Laurel.
* Maryland-based Wind Splitter finished sixth in Monday's Metropolitan Mile at Belmont after forcing the pace.
* Reputed Testamony, overmatched in the Pimlico Special, is none the worse for wear and is being pointed to the $50,000-added Chieftain Handicap on the Pimlico turf June 15.
* The stakes schedule for the 37-day summer meeting at Laurel was released yesterday. The $300,000 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash on July 20 is the richest of 18 stakes.
* Agent Eric Fried said yesterday that jockey Alberto Delgado probably will leave Maryland for New Jersey's Monmouth Park, which begins its summer meet Friday.
* Trainers Ron Alfano and John Paul Pucek have been suspended for 15 days for medication violations.