The strongest division in the 30-horse string of trainer Frannie Campitelli is his 3-year-old fillies.
"I've got five good ones right now, and they are about the best horses in my barn," Campitelli said yesterday.
One of them, Logan's Mist, won her first start on the grass yesterday, drawing off in the stretch at Pimlico Race Course to defeat Good Looking Terri in the $35,000 Plankton Purse.
It was the second straight day that jockey Charlie Fenwick had won the Pimlico feature. On Saturday, he won the Lady Baltimore Handicap with Ratings, then scored yesterday aboard Logan's Mist.
Logan's Mist is owned by Campitelli's wife, Jessie, who purchased her over the telephone from her sister, Holly Rice.
"Holly and her husband, Bryan, buy yearlings and re-sell them as 2-year-olds," Campitelli said. "This filly was light on pedigree and they couldn't get her sold at the Calder [Fla.] Two-Year-Old Sales. Holly called us and said she thought this was a nice filly and might be our kind of horse."
The Campitellis, who race their horses as the Walleye Stable, bought her for $15,000. Since then, Logan's Mist has won the Iris Stakes at Philadelphia Park and placed in two other stakes, despite starting out for a $12,000 claiming tag.
"We have bought six fillies from Holly, and five of them have turned out to be stakes winners," Campitelli said. "The others are Beans Beans, T.J.'s Pick, Silver Spool and Royal Roller."
So far, Logan's Mist has earned $77,223, not bad for taking some sisterly advice.
Campitelli said that in his barn he currently has four other good 3-year-old fillies, which are owned by three different clients. The horses are Known Feminist, who was second in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, and recent claims Tripp Trial, Make It Don's and One's Not Enough.
"I think we're going to have a fun summer," Campitelli added.
* Track operator Joe De Francis said Pimlico has lost about $40,000 from the bogus Triple payoff that occurred in the seventh race on Black-Eyed Susan Day.
The computers had not been programmed to reflect new rules allowing coupled entries in Triple races.
De Francis said the mutuels department has processed about 500 claims so far "and they still have more to analyze. But we're not accepting claims from people who didn't identify themselves after last weekend," he said.
De Francis said large claims are traceable through the computers, but, he added, "It's been a nightmare."
* NOTES: Oaktown Stable's Lite Light will miss the Pimlico Distaff on June 20 because of a hip injury. But track officials are hopeful to snare Paseana for the race. . . . Edgar Prado rode three winners yesterday. . . . Pimlico-based Frottage is the lone local starter today in the Jersey Derby at Garden Gate Park.