Can 'Testamony' break Laurel jinx? Stakes win would be 1st at home track

November 28, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Reputed Testamony could overcome a jinx today.

The 5-year-old horse, one of the most durable runners on the local circuit and the hero a few months ago in the Maryland Million Classic, has never won a stakes event on his home grounds at Laurel Race Course.

He has won plenty of allowance races at Laurel and been second in the Northern Dancer Stakes and Native Dancer Handicap and third in the Congressional Handicap.

But a Laurel stakes victory has eluded the son of 1983 Preakness winner Deputed Testamony.

Reputed Testamony is the starting highweight at 120 pounds and likely favorite today in the $50,000 Walter Haight Handicap.

"I don't put any credence in things like winning streaks or losing streaks," trainer Richard Hemmings said yesterday. "My philosophy is you just go out and try hard every time and the record balances itself out. Reputed Testamony has always run very well at Laurel. In fact, he runs on any kind of track. He's just a game competitor.

"I remember he won a $40,000 allowance race at Laurel that attracted the same kind of horses that would have been in a stakes. The purse of that allowance race was higher than the Flintlock Stakes, one of the stakes that he had won."

Andrea Seefeldt, who rode the horse most of last year, but then lost the mount this spring, is back on him for the Haight.

Only two jockeys -- Kent Desormeaux and Seefeldt -- have won stakes on Reputed Testamony.

Even though the horse has won $426,182, he has only won three jTC added-money races, one per year during the past three seasons.

In 1990, Seefeldt won the Flintlock Stakes with him at Philadelphia Park and followed that in 1991 with a win in the Jennings Handicap at Pimlico. This year Desormeaux won the Maryland Million Classic on him, also at Pimlico.

Hemmings said Seefeldt's style suits Reputed Testamony. "He likes to relax the first part of the race and then run at the end. At the Maryland Million, I only had about 30 seconds to tell Kent how he liked to be ridden,and he rode him just like Andrea."

Hemmings said he is not happy with today's highweight.

"We've been beaten in a lot of races because of weight," he said. "But he's a strong horse, has good heavy bone, and is training awfully well right now."

NOTES: The Ben Perkins outfit won three races at Laurel yesterday, including the feature with Kenan Rand's Gold Candy Too. Other Perkins winners were Aegean Valley (fourth race) and Deputy Miss (11th race). . . . Edgar Prado and Rick Wilson scored riding triples yesterday. . . . Reputed Testamony is known around the Hemmings barn as "Regis." Said Hemmings: "It's the Latin word for 'King.' My daughter started calling him that ever since he was a 2-year-old.". . . . Sandy and Chuck Stancer have sold their stakes-placed turf filly, Red Ice, to Canadian Frank Stronach. "I was ready to pull her shoes and turn her out for the winter," Chuck Stancer said. "Then I got a call from a bloodstock agent in New York and we made a deal." Stancer, who claimed Red Ice for $16,000 last year, earned $50,000 in purses with the daughter of Icecapade before he sold her to Stronach for $40,000. "She will race in Florida this winter," Stancer said. . . . Stronach apparently has been in a buying mood. He reportedly offered Adelaide Riggs $2 million for her speedy 2-year-old stakes colt, Wild Zone, but the offer was rejected. Wild Zone is resting in Howard County at the farm of Mike Cavey and will spend the winter at the Holly Hill Training Center in Holly Hill, S.C.

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