Clagett's Carnirainbow looks like a winner Takes fourth stakes win in a row with Laurel victory

November 04, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Every year, Hal Clagett seems to come up with a stakes runner.

But only one of his homebreds, Little Bold John, has been a year-end Maryland-bred champion.

Now Clagett-bred Carnirainbow could be the second.

The stout-looking filly, with a massive chest and chunky hindquarters, sprinted away from Cormorant's Flight at about the half-mile pole yesterday and won the $60,000 What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Race Course.

Her time -- 1 minute, 26 4/5 seconds -- for the seven furlongs was not especially fast. In fact, it was the slowest What A Summer Stakes on record.

But no horse ever really challenged her as she galloped home 4 1/4 lengths in front of the Howard and Sondra Bender-bred long shot, Bocamis, and her stablemate, Nostarch, who was third.

Before the race Howard Bender remarked that he thought Bocamis would like the distance. But he expressed his admiration for Carnirainbow. The sheer size of her hindquarters reminded him of Safely Kept.

Carnirainbow might not be exactly like Safely Kept, but she is about the best of the local 2-year-old fillies.

What A Summer was her fourth straight stakes win, following the Critical Miss Stakes, Maryland Million Lassie and a division of the Tri-State Futurity. Her earnings now stand at $156,291 in 10 lifetime starts.

Both her trainer, Jerry Robb, and jockey, Greg Hutton, indicated that she should be able to get the distance around two turns in the 1 1/16-mile Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship on Nov. 21.

"I thought she finished good and strong," Robb said.

Hutton said he had no problem easing her away from Cormorant's Flight.

The disappointment in the race was Sentimental Tango. She had beaten Carnirainbow a couple of months ago in the Smart Angle Stakes and was just a few dollars short of being co-favored yesterday. But she finished last.

"She was in perfect position, just behind the two speed horses [Carnirainbow and Cormorant's Flight]," said trainer Gary Capuano. "But when Joe [Bravo, the jockey] called on her at about the 5/16th pole, she came up empty."

Capuano thinks she might have bled.

Pimlico Special to shrink

The purse of the Pimlico Special will be reduced in 1993, but track operator Joe De Francis does not know by how much.

Officals of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association indicated yesterday they would like to see the purse decrease from this year's $700,000 to $500,000 next year.

"I can say unequivocally we will likely lower it somewhat," De Francis said. "But the problem is the Oaklawn Handicap. When Oaklawn Park dropped out of American Championship Racing Series, they increased the purse of their race from $500,000 to $750,000. The Oaklawn race is April 10, five weeks before the Pimlico Special. We want to make sure that we remain competitive and keep the Pimlico Special the pre-eminent race for older horses in the spring."

De Francis said the money saved by decreasing the Pimlico Special purse would go back into the general purse account "and probably be used to fund several smaller stakes that would benefit Maryland horsemen."

Diamond Duo retires

Diamond Duo, the Bill Donovan-trained filly that finished 13th in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, bowed a tendon during the race and has been retired.

"Tommy Turner [her jockey] said she leapt in the air coming out of the gate and landed on her nose. When she recovered, she took a few bad steps," Donovan said. "She made a good early run. But Tommy felt she wasn't right and he just sat on her the rest of the trip."

Miscellaneous

Damon Thayer, media relations director at Laurel, has taken a new job as communications director for Turfway Park in Kentucky. He leaves in two weeks. . . . Carnirainbow is the second daughter of Carnivalay to win the What A Summer Stakes. Valay Maid won in 1989. . . . Secret Odds, 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is back at Laurel and is expected to go to the track today. He could make his next start in the Maryland Juvenile Championship for colts and geldings on Dec. 5. . . . Americco's Rainbow, dam of Carnirainbow, is also the dam of 1992 stakes winner, Rainbow's Prospect. Rainbow's Prospect, a sprinter, could not get the 1-1/16th mile distance last year in the Maryland Juvenile Championship and finished eighth.

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