Tactical Advantage is only scratch Chipped ankle bone sidelines 2-year-old Breeders' Cup notebook

October 31, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Tactical Advantage, an intended starter in the Juvenile, is the only scratch so far from the Breeders' Cup lineup.

The 2-year-old colt, winner of the Saratoga Special, chipped a bone in his left ankle and will be out of action for several months.

Trainer Scotty Schulhofer said he hopes the son of Forty Niner will be back in action in time to make the spring classics.

Carroll native optimistic

Carroll County native Rodney Rash, a trainer in California, saddled Light of Morn and won the $100,000 Dancing Spree Handicap yesterday at Gulfstream Park. Rash, 33, is optimistic about the chances of Navarone in today's Breeders' Cup Turf.

Rash left Maryland at age 16 and became an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham before going out on his own a couple of years ago.

He had less than an auspicious start when his first starter, Honor Grades, ran up the track in the 1991 Preakness.

But Rash said he got his first big break when Houston oilman Robert Hibbert sent him three second-string 2-year-olds.

"I developed one of them, More than Willing, into a stakes winner and then gradually he started sending me the good ones."

Navarone has won three straight grass stakes. Rash also trains for Sydney Port of Chicago and for Motown records executive Berry Gordy.

No Bud for Turf next year

Anheuser-Busch Inc. has not renewed its sponsorship contract for the 1993 Breeders' Cup Turf because sources say the fan base for horse racing is too old.

Budweiser, apparently, is breaking away from horse racing and bowling and sponsoring sports like Power Beach Volleyball, which attract a younger crowd.

Camac leaves Maryland

Bob Camac, who saddles Jolie's Halo in the Classic today, has pulled his runners out of Maryland and has split his stable between Philadelphia Park and the Meadowlands.

"The races being written in Maryland just didn't fit my horses," he said.

Camac added that Maryland-bred champion filly Wide Country has recently been retired and that Jazzy One, another one of his Maryland-bred stakes winners, has returned to training after having her ankles pin-fired.

Camac had hoped to run Jolie's Halo in the Breeders' Cup Mile on the turf but was balloted out.

"Jolie's Halo breaks so hard from the gate that he stumbles a lot on the dirt," Camac said. "That's what happened to him in the Pacific Classic. The ground broke right out from under him and Edgar Prado fell off. That race really cost us a lot. He was facing weaker competition than he had beaten in the Iselin Handicap. Then we had to start all over again and run him in the Meadowlands Cup. He ran bad in that race because the track was rock hard and the horse has soft feet."

Breeding success

David Heckerman, an editor of the Thoroughbred Times, said the large number of European runners in the Breeders' Cup can be attributed to a weak breeding market.

"A few years ago, the Europeans retired their horses immediately as 3-year-olds in order to send them to stud," he said. "This is a good example of how a weak breeding market helps racing [at the tracks]."

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