Desormeaux wins three races on a record day at the Million Top jockey wins Classic in 3-horse photo finish

September 27, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

"The Kid" and "the Cop" stood in the winner's circle after the Budweiser Maryland Classic yesterday and looked like a million.

Kent Desormeaux, the nation's winningest jockey, had just won a three-horse photo finish in the 10-furlong, $200,000 Maryland Million feature on Reputed Testamony.

The 5-year-old horse is principally owned by Matt Kane, a 23-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., police force.

The victory climaxed the seventh Maryland Million, a day at Pimlico Race Course filled with exciting finishes in many of the 12 races and that attracted a record Maryland Million crowd of 24,777 fans who bet a Maryland Million wagering mark of $2,797,102.

The victory by Reputed Testamony, the third choice in the seven-horse Classic field, came at the expense of Timely Warning, a two-time previous winner, who is trained by 82-year-old Buddy Raines.

Timely Warning set the pace, but could not withstand Desormeaux's late surge on the outside and lost by a neck. Frugal Doc, sandwiched in between the two, finished third, a nose behind Timely Warning.

Charles Fenwick III, the jockey on Frugal Doc, lodged a foul claim against Desormeaux for crowding during the stretch run, but it was disallowed by the stewards.

Desormeaux acknowledged that his horse might have leaned on Frugal Doc, "But I got him straightened out," he said.

Reputed Testamony, bought by Kane in partnership with his trainer Richard Hemmings and Herb Lichtenstein, cost $8,000 as a 2-year-old at the Timonium sales.

Yesterday was the richest payday for the partners. The horse earned $110,000 and increased his career winnings to $410,792.

"He missed the last two runnings of the Million because of injuries," Hemmings said. "The first year as a 3-year-old, we really didn't know yet what we had, and last year, he had strained a back muscle and was sidelined for 5-6 months."

Kane, 45, patrols Georgetown and is still an active police officer, "although I'm approaching retirement," he said. He owns 50 percent of the horse, Hemmings owns 30 percent and Lichtenstein has 20 percent. Desormeaux was the winningest jockey on the Million card. He won the Maryland Million Handicap with favored Asserche and the Nursery for 2-year-old colts and geldings on long shot Military Look.

Friday night rains forced track operator Joe De Francis and track superintendent John Passero to switch the three grass races on the card to the main track. The rain was also largely responsible for 19 scratches on the program.

But by post time, the sun came out. The main track dried out throughout the day, but was listed in good condition for the entire card.

There were several memorable races, most notably Brilliant Brass' come-from-behind finish in the Distaff Sprint. She stumbled coming out of the gate, grabbed a quarter (ripped flesh from a front foot) and almost unseated her rider, Edgar Prado. But she still circled the field and won.

When grass star Ratings was scratched from the Maryland Million Ladies race and the stakes was run on the main course, Richard's Lass opened up a wide margin on a small field and won by 11 lengths. She had won the Maryland Million Oaks by 14 lengths last year. She and Make Azilian, winner of the steeplechase, are now double Maryland Million winners.

Julie Krone, leading jockey at the New York tracks, won one race. Riding Depuation, she caught Desormeaux on Singing Ring in the Oaks and won by 2 3/4 lengths.

The Maryland Million is limited to offspring of thoroughbred stallions that stand in the state. Deputed Testamony, the 1983 Preakness winner that stands at Bonita Farm in Darlington, sired two winners: Classic winner Reputed Testamony and Silent Testamony, winner of a maiden 2-year-old race.

Four favorites won on the card. One of the biggest upsets was posted by Charlie You Know in the Sprint. He paid $39.40. The race was Leg A of the National Pic-6.

Star Minister, scratched from the Maryland Million Ladies race, won Leg C of the Pic-6, the Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park, under local jockey Andrea Seefeldt.

The winning Pic-6 combination was 5-7-1-3-7-3. A total of $916,960 was bet on the six races telecast from five tracks nationwide.

There were 23 Pic-6 winners at Pimlico, the Laurel simulcast center and four Pimlico commingling outlets that correctly picked all six winners. Each person collects $4,166.

A total of 1,145 people at the same locations correctly chose five out of six winners. Each will be paid $34.20.

Nationally there were 124 winning ticket holders who correctly picked six out of six winners and 5,013 winners who selected five out of six winners.

Million winners

Steeplechase Handicap:

Make Azilian

Starter Handicap:

Asserche

Maryland Lassie:

Carnirainbow

Starter Allowance:

` Score Thirty Eight

Maryland Nursery:

Military Lo

Distaff Handicap:

Brilliant Brass

Maryland Turf:

Wood Fox

Maryland Ladies:

Richard's Lass

Sprint Handicap:

Charlie You Know

Maryland Oaks:

Deputation

Classic:

! Reputed Testamony

Maiden Turf:

Silent Testamony

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