Baron de Vaux is favored in Classic Timely Warning gets next-best odds at 7-2

September 25, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

A mare matchup, Brilliant Brass vs. Wood So, and a battle between fillies Deputation and Star Minister might be the most exciting races tomorrow on the Maryland Million card.

But the most anticipated event might be Timely Warning's quest for a third win in the Maryland Million Classic.

Track oddsmaker Eric Johnston added some drama to the race yesterday when he installed Baron de Vaux, last year's third-place finisher, as a slight 3-1 favorite over Timely Warning at 7-2 odds.

Timely Warning, who has won only one race this year, drew th No. 3 post position in the eight-horse field.

Buddy Raines, trainer of the 7-year-old gelding, is still confident, however, that his horse will win the $200,000 feature.

"The three hole is perfect," said Raines, who is attempting to win his fourth straight Maryland Million Classic. "We're going to win it."

Timely Warning once again will be ridden by Raines' grandson, Mike Luzzi.

Two of the Maryland Million races, the Sprint Handicap and the Oaks, will be part of the second National Pic-6. The Sprint will be the first race, or Leg A, of the Pic-6, and the Oaks will be the fifth race, or Leg E.

A total of 125 horses were entered yesterday for tomorrow's 12-race card, making it the largest group of horses ever entered for the program.

The Maryland Million was started seven years ago as a local version of the Breeders' Cup.

Maryland Million Day

What: Twelve races. Total purses worth $1,065,000. To be eligible, a horse must be sired by a stallion who stands in Maryland. And that stallion must be nominated to the Maryland Million. The nomination fee is equal to that stallion's stud fee. Eligible foals are then nominated to the Maryland Million. There are 201 preliminary entries; final entries will be drawn today.

When: Tomorrow, post time 1 p.m.

Where: Pimlico Race Course

TV: No live coverage. Tape delay to be shown Sunday on ESPN's "Racing Across America," 9 p.m.

Betting: Two races (still to be determined) will be part of the second National Pic-6 tomorrow.

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