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 1-1/16th 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.

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."

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