'Endorsement' beats odds at Laurel

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

LAUREL — Long shot Best Endorsement came from last place in an 11-horse field at Laurel Race Course yesterday to win the $50,000-added Japan Racing Association Handicap.

The Virginia-based 3-year-old, who went off at 27-1 odds, defeated Land Grant and Smart Jaune, who finished in a dead-heat for second place, by a neck.

Red Ice, the lone filly in the field, opened up by as much as six lengths going down the backstretch and was still two lengths in front at the top of the stretch. But she tired and finished fifth.

Best Endorsement was ridden by Lori Youngs, who is based at Delaware Park, ran the 9 furlongs on the grass in 1 minute, 47 3/5 seconds.

Best Endorsement is trained by Chris Kolb, who conditions an 8-horse string at the Middleburg (Va.) Training Center.

Earlier on the card, Finder's Choice set a new course record of 1:46 for 9 furlongs in the eighth race. He bettered the previous record, set in 1991 by Well Wrapped, by a fifth of a second.

NOTES: Edgar Prado might be the only Maryland jockey riding in the Breeders' Cup on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Prado is slated to ride Selima Stakes winner Booly in the Juvenile Fillies race and Jolie's Halo either in the Breeders' Cup Mile or the Classic.

Two Maryland-based horses, Diamond Duo and Secret Odds, are already at Gulfstream prepping for Breeders' Cup races.

Prado is currently visiting family members in Peru, but is scheduled to resume riding at Laurel on Tuesday.

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