LAUREL — Super Style shows how in Justakiss
New York mare makes move in stretch to win Laurel feature
LAUREL -- Super Style, from New York, came on with a rush in the middle of the track through the stretch to win the featured Justakiss Purse, a $23,000 allowance race for fillies and mares yesterday before 10,869 at Laurel Race Course.
Super Style, winning her first race since September, overtook Baby O' Mine, which set most of the pace in the final furlong of six-furlong sprint over the turf course, and beat out a fast-closing Saratoga Spark, with Mike Luzzi aboard, at the wire.
Ridden by Mario Pino, the 5-year-old mare by My Gallant out of the Gunflint mare Super Susannah, covered the distance in 1 minute, 9 2/5 seconds and beat Saratoga Spark by a head. Baby O' Mine held on for third.
The victory was the 11th of Super Style's 39-race career anraised her winnings to $171,655. She is trained by Preciado Guadalupe and owned by Victoria Racing Stable.
Moorefield keeps winning
Billy Moorefield, 23, the leading apprentice jockey at Pimlico Race Course during its recent meeting, is also the leading apprentice at Laurel.
Moorefield, 5 feet 1 and 104 pounds who is a Baltimore native, won 22 races in 146 mounts at Pimlico. He won his sixth race in 21 mounts yesterday at Laurel, aboard Gold Rain ($15.60) in the first race.
Moorefield, after being graduated from high school, was working in Ocean City, but said he wanted to be a jockey.
"At my height, what else could I be, a basketball player?" he said.
Tony Georgakis, the maitre-d' at the Pimlico clubhouse, gave him the names of several area horse farms, and Moorefield hooked on with Bill Boniface at Bonita Farm.
He later got a job galloping horses for Dick Delp at Pimlico.
"He really worked and worked hard," Delp said.
Moorefield, who will carry his "bug" (5-pound weight allowance) until Feb. 7, started riding for Delp. He also rides at night at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., a la Kent Desormeaux, who won the national apprentice title in 1987.
"I believe I'm learning every race I ride, and I want to become the best jockey I can," Moorefield said.
Delgado scores twice
Alberto Delgado, rode two winners yesterday, Best Lord in the second and Salute the Girl in the 10th. He has five winners for the meeting.