Darinka, a filly, wins Laurel feature 35-1 upset in fifth lifts pool in Double Triple past $172,000

March 20, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

LAUREL -- Yesterday was a day for snow, mud, scratches, Lasix and a building Double Triple pool at Laurel Race Course.

Only in the featured $16,000 allowance event, where Darinka scored at 4-1 odds under jockey Joe Rocco, did a winner not run on Lasix, the medication used to prevent bleeding.

And in the fifth race, the second half of the Double Triple, Supreme Testamony's victory at 35-to-1 guaranteed no winning bettors in the Double Triple, which has escalated to $172,352.20 for today's card.

Darinka beat a solid field of 3-year-old fillies, including favored This Smile, whom she overtook by a half-length to prevail in 1 minute, 19 3/5 seconds for the 6 1/2 furlongs on a muddy track.

With snow flurries swirling, Darinka made it 2-for-2 lifetime. The chestnut filly's first victory was by four lengths in a $25,000 maiden race Feb. 29.

Modeling Clay, who has been out of the money only once in eight starts, rallied for third and may be tried at a longer distance by trainer Charles Peoples in her next start.

It was more than an upset for Supreme Testamony, a son of 1983 Preakness winner Deputed Testamony. He fired past co-favored Kingqui at the half-mile pole and went on to a five-length romp, finishing seven furlongs in 1:28 4/5.

With the track conditions as they were, 10 horses were scratched by noon.

NOTES: NBC will televise the Breeders' Cup preview-day racing program, which features more than $2 million in purses, from Belmont Park on Oct. 10. The headliner is the $850,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup. . . . Edgar Prado, who long ago clinched the riding title at this meet, had the only double on the card, giving him 175 winners for the meet. . . . Sunday's $100,000 Jennings Handicap drew 17 nominations, but only 14 will run. Included is last year's winner, Reputed Testamony, and the third-place finisher from 1990, Flaming Emperor, who is expected to go instead in tomorrow's $40,000 J. Edgar Hoover Handicap. Gala Spinaway is top-weighted for the Jennings at 118 pounds.

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