Castoff cashes in at Laurel

November 09, 1992

Chalk one up for the little guys.

Small-time Bowie-based trainer Clifford "Buck" Gray Jr. beat some of the biggest names in racing yesterday when Gilded Set won the $100,000 Chrysanthemum Handicap at Laurel Race Course.

The castoff filly, who had broken down as a 2-year-old, but has won several stakes on grass, galloped over the quagmire of a turf course in 1 minute, 49 1/5 seconds, nearly 10 seconds slower than the track record.

Her jockey, Greg Hutton, stalked pacesetter Prebend, then took over entering the far turn and was never seriously threatened after he drew off in the stretch.

Prancing Ballerina, a daughter of Nijinsky II and a half-sister to 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck, finished second, 1 3/4 lengths behind the winner. That filly is owned by John Werner Kluge, the Metromedia baron, and is trained at Belmont Park by Hall of Fame conditioner Scotty Schulhofer. Another New York visitor, Miss Otis, finished third.

Ratings, the 6-5 favorite, owned by Campbell Soup heir George Strawbridge, could not make up ground on the winner and finished a well-beaten fourth.

"She didn't like the soft turf," rider Jean Cruguet said about Ratings.

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