LAUREL -- Flay Time stopped in the middle of the winner's circle, ready for a photo session. The filly had just finished a wire-to-wire victory in yesterday's third race at Laurel Race Course, but something was amiss.
"All the way back to the wall!" track photographer Jim McCue instructed Talbot J. Albert III.
Albert, 63, had to be forgiven for his unfamiliarity with the surroundings. "I haven't trained horses since 1984," said Albert, a stockbroker by trade. Flay Time is the first winner for the owner/trainer at a major Maryland track "since at least that long," he said.
But not as long as for jockey Jimmy Thornton, who rode the filly.
"Last time I won at a major track was 1979, right here," said Thornton, 51. "I quit riding in 1980. This felt good."