Rollodka rides out last start of career

January 08, 1992|By Marty McGee | Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent

LAUREL -- While a young trainer savored a first yesterday at Laurel Race Course, an old veteran made his last exit from the starting gate.

Trainer Lynn Cuttino, 23, saddled the first winner of his career when Miss Carter won the ninth-race feature. Nearly four hours earlier, Rollodka raced around the track for the final time.

Miss Carter, ridden by apprentice Mark Chavez, edged away from Forgotten Miss to win the $16,000 allowance by 1 1/2 lengths, touching off a celebration among friends and family of Cuttino, 23. Miss Carter was the first starter Cuttino saddled for her owner, Brookwood Farm.

In the day's first race, Rollodka made the last start of a storied 122-race career. After finishing third, the 12-year-old gelding was sold privately by Cross Creek Farm to his original breeder and owner, Barbara Graham, who will retire him to her Purcellville, Va., farm. Rollodka retires with 29 wins and career earnings of $559,669.

Meanwhile, Edgar Prado lengthened his lead atop the jockeys' standings with four more winners.

Prado, 24, rode the first three winners of the 10-race card, then added a triumph in the seventh. He has a 97-81 lead over Mike Luzzi, who returns from a 10-day suspension tomorrow.

Two of Prado's wins came for longtime client Vinnie Blengs, whose stable won one other race on the program.

Only 68 horses competed on the program.

NOTES: Mario Pino, third behind Prado and Luzzi, booted in 2 winners yesterday. . . . Stormy Issue, a 3-year-old maiden filly, had to be destroyed after breaking down in her left front leg in the early stretch in yesterday's third race. . . . Jockey Rafael Pena has won a stay of a 7-day suspension pending appeal to the Maryland Racing Commission. . . . Jockey Wayne Barnett has been fined $200 for being the aggressor in a jockeys' room incident on Friday.

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