Pimlico Special could be on Preakness card

HORSE RACING

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

Don't be surprised if the Pimlico Special shares the same card next spring with the Preakness.

We will announce the schedule when it all comes together."

Tax break

People are still talking about the boost Congress gave racing fans when it recently passed legislation raising to $5,000 from $1,000 the threshold for withholding tax on winning payoffs from wagers made at odds of 300-to-1 or greater, and a national ban on sports betting.

Horse players will enjoy the same threshold as casino gamblers.

The anti-sports betting legislation prohibits any state from authorizing or operating any lottery or other gambling operation based on a professional or amateur sporting event. It applies to Indian gaming and exempts pari-mutuel horse racing.

Pick what?

Of the $16 million bet on Belmont Park's Breeders' Cup Preview card on Oct. 10, only about 5 percent of the handle, or $588,707, was bet on its National Pick-6 pool.

That figure is below any of the three totals bet on the National Pic-6 pools which were recently sponsored by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and scorned by the New York Racing Association.

The figures for the three TRA Pic-6s were $693,433 (Sept. 12), $916,960 (Sept. 26) and $797,942 (Oct. 3).

Where are they now?

Remember Smelly, the local 3-year-old who briefly was on the Triple Crown scene in 1990?

After the horse finished second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and won the Federico Tesio Stakes, he was considered a potential classics prospect. But he ended up skipping all three Triple Crown events.

Two years later, the horse has resurfaced in Prince George's County.

He has been retired to stud at Marilyn Ketts' 450-acre At Last Farm near Aquasco and is still owned by Bob Watkins, who lives in College Park.

Smelly won or placed in six stakes and earned $308,862.

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