Best Pal slips into steel shoes for Pimlico Special training

April 22, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Best Pal continued his preparations for the Pimlico Special yesterday with a mile gallop and received new shoes from California-based blacksmith Buzz Fermin.

Exercise rider Ruben Hernandez said he had gone about an eighth of a mile on Best Pal when he pulled him out to the outside of the Pimlico Race Course track because "it was very slippery and deep and we were kind of sliding. I just went on and galloped him for a steady mile. We'll gallop him again tomorrow [today]."

Fermin took an early flight from California to equip the horse with new steel, hand-forged plates for training, rather than the factory-formed aluminum plates used on most racehorses.

He was headed back to the West Coast by 10 a.m.

* Jockey Larry Reynolds guided Majestic Game between horses in the final sixteenth to win the $21,000 allowance feature at 1 1/16 miles yesterday.

Majestic Game was last at the half-mile point of a slowly paced race over a muddy track, but Reynolds waited behind a wall of three front-runners, then made his move to win by a nose over another closer, A Call To Rise.

The longest shot in the field was timed in 1 minute, 47 seconds and redeemed himself for a seventh-place finish in his last race.

NOTES: Jockey Donnie Miller was in Maryland to visit his parents after finishing as the 10th-leading rider at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. He had 25 victories and won three stakes races. . . . Maryland Million nominees will run in two special handicap races on Pimlico Special Day, May 9, and Preakness Day, May 16. The races carry $25,000 purses. . . . Apprentice Steve Hamilton won his first race in Maryland yesterday, aboard Geehaylee, a first-time starter in the second race. It was the 13th victory overall for Hamilton, 18, who had ridden only in his native Oklahoma.

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