'Moby Dick' gets Clever win at Pimlico Kees finally has a whale of a horse

September 28, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Barbara Kees has bred her dream horse.

The longtime Maryland horsewoman, who has done everything from competing in horse shows to riding in the Powder Puff Preakness, earned "black-type" for the first time yesterday with one of her homebreds.

Mr. Moby Dick, the big, strong gray 3-year-old who once won the colt foal class at the Maryland State Fair, is as fast as he is handsome.

In what was essentially a two-horse race, he put away pacesetter Majesty's Turn in mid-stretch at Pimlico and won the $44,375 Clever Foot Stakes.

There were a couple of anxious moments when the horse drifted out during the stretch run and seemed to lose his momentum. But he came on again under jockey Albert Delgado and beat Majesty's Turn by 1 1/4 lengths. Maraud, a ship-in from Philadelphia Park, finished third.

The final time for six furlongs on a sloppy track was 1 minute, 11 seconds.

It was a gratifying victory for Delgado who has been in a slump. He has only won two races since the Pimlico meet began two weeks ago. Both have been on Mr. Moby Dick. Delgado gave up the mount on Majesty's Turn, trained by his father-in-law Luigi Gino, to ride the Kees runner.

Mr. Moby Dick started his career with a perplexing habit. In two of his first four starts, he collapsed after the finish of the races. Like some human runners, it might have been attributed to a circulation deficit and is the reason why athletes are advised to cool down as much as they warm up.

Kees now advises Delgado to gallop the horse out strongly and take his time when bringing him back to be unsaddled. Then she and her crew keep the horse moving. He doesn't even get his picture taken in the winner's circle. Kees also gave the horse time off during the heat of the summer.

Whatever Kees is doing, it's working. Mr. Moby Dick no longer collapses although Kees admits "each time he runs, I'm scared to death."

The horse now has four wins and two seconds in six starts and has earned $62,925. Kees owned the horse's granddam, Third Princess, who she bought and raced at Marlboro Race Track, when it was part of Maryland's half-mile circuit. She also bred and raced the horse's dam, Lydia Ann.

Kees is assisted in training her horses by her daughter, Sherry Rudolph, who gallops Mr. Moby Dick.

Mr. Moby Dick is a son of Horatius, who also sired Charlie You Know, the upset winner Saturday in the Maryland Million Sprint. Mr. Moby Dick follows Safely Kept, Forry Cow How and Charlie You Know in what is becoming a successful Horatius breeding "niche." All of those horses are out of mares from the Nasrullah sire line.

Sick day

Kent Desormeaux took off his mounts after yesterday's fourth race, telling track officials he didn't feel well.

Desormeaux's mounts on Maryland Million Day earned approximately $230,000. He had three wins, two seconds and a third and earned about $23,000 for his day's work.

Million smiles

There were still plenty of smiles at Pimlico in the wake of the most successful Maryland Million card. "It gave us all a terrific shot in the arm," said track operator Joe De Francis of Saturday's races.

There were no computer problems despite some complicated scheduling due to the second running of the National Pic-6, and the handle was the highest of the year at Pimlico, excluding Preakness Day.

De Francis added that the closing of Pimlico's stable area for winter training will be delayed until Nov. 7 or 14, instead of Nov. 1. "We are taking our time making stall assignments [at Laurel and Bowie]," he said. "We are going to make sure that we accommodate every trainer who has a horse that deserves to be stabled in our barn area. We don't want 250 horses leaving this state."

Miscellaneous

Trainer Buddy Raines said Timely Warning came off his second-place finish to Reputed Testamony in the Maryland Million Classic in fine shape. He hopes to run the 7-year-old gelding in the Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Handicaps in New York. Raines is stabled at Laurel with seven runners. . . The family of the late Stuart Janney Jr., considered one of Maryland's finest horsemen, is successfully carrying on his horse operation. Stuart Janney III won two Maryland Million races Saturday with Military Look and Deputation.

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