LAUREL LAS VEGAS INFLUENCE CREATES MINUS SHOW POOL — Crowned heads to win in Davona Dale 'Cap
LAUREL -- Crowned, the 4-5 favorite with jockey Mike Luzzi aboard, made her move at the three-eighths pole, overtook pacesetter Boxwood on the far turn and pulled away through the stretch to hold off closing Two Eyes Fer You and win the Davona Dale Handicap at Laurel Race Course yesterday.
Crowned, who took home the winner's share of $32,730 of the $54,550 purse for the 1 1/8 -mile race, broke first out of the gate, but Boxwood overtook her on the first turn and opened an eight-length lead down the backstretch.
Crowned, a 5-year-old mare by Chief's Crown out of the Exclusive Native mare, Fair Rosalind, moved into gear at the three-eighths pole and pulled away to a 1 1/2 -length victory over Two Eyes Fer You, ridden by Mario Pino. Crowned covered the distance in 1 minute, 50 2/5 seconds.
"We broke nicely and I tried to keep her off the pace," said Luzzi, the leading rider at Laurel, with 20 victories. "Boxwood was blazing, but I just kept Crowned in check. At the three-eighths pole, she wanted to run and I let her go. She just pulled away."
Luzzi, who won this handicap last year on Noblest Heart, also rode Whadgee ($6.80) to victory in the fifth race and has a six-win lead on second-place Edgar Prado.
"This is the last year she's going to race," said Mrs. R.C. Dupont, the owner of Crowned, who won her first race of the year. "We're going to make her a broodmare next year and we're going to breed her to a really good sire."
Crowned has earned $577,518 for her 32-race career.
There was a minus show pool of $2,505 in the eighth race at Laurel yesterday because a bettor in Las Vegas wagered $15,000 to show on Bail Denied.
Bail Denied, the favorite at $1.80 to $2, finished second to Confrontation and returned $2.10 to show, as did the winner and show horse, Wolfe Tone.
The big bettor got $750 back for his $15,000 bet.
Castillo doubles his winnings
Jockey Freddy Castillo doubled his previous output of wins during the meeting by winning two races.
Castillo rode Gracious Touch ($5.40) to victory in the fourth race and won with Dancinwiththedevil ($10.80) in the sixth race.
Thirty nominated for Very Subtle Handicap
Thirty fillies and mares have been nominated for the $50,000-added Very Subtle Breeders' Cup Handicap, to be run Saturday at six furlongs on the turf at Laurel.
Withallprobabilty has been high-weighted for the race by track handicapper Larry Abbundi. Serape and Highland Crystal are next at 117 pounds.
The nominations will be pared to 13 starters by race time.