Woods of Windsor wins by 7 lengths Silver Key takes second in Maryland Juvenile

December 06, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

On a cold, blustery day when winds at the head of the stretch registered 30 mph, Woods of Windsor heated up the odds board at Laurel Race Course.

The first flash of the Tote showed him opening up at 1-5 odds in the Maryland Juvenile Championship, almost unheard of for a maiden.

Eventually, the horse, who had previously finished second in two sprints, but was expected to improve as the distance increased, went off the 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field.

He won by seven lengths.

There were a few tense moments during the running of the race. Woods of Windsor broke well, but jockey Rick Wilson took him back to third behind pacesetter Domus Pacis, who was stalked by Olney.

For awhile Wilson said he was blocked in by Trump Mahal. "But I wasn't too worried," he said. "I figured that horse would stop, and he did."

When Woods of Windsor got through and took over the lead by the top of the stretch, he drew out through the lane under some strong cracks of Wilson's whip.

"He is still green," Wilson said. "He doesn't know what he is

doing yet. He ran kind of spotty and would run up on horses, take back, then come on again."

Woods of Windsor was timed on the 1-1/16th miles in 1 minute, 45 2/5 seconds, a respectable time compared to other clockings of the stakes. But the quality of the horses he beat is suspect. Silver Key, who finished second, had been running in high-priced claimers at Aqueduct and third-place Loving Corkey had only recently broken his maiden.

But there is no question that the handsome son of Woodman has talent and could be a Maryland hopeful for the 1993 Triple Crown races.

"There is room for improvement," trainer Ben Perkins said. "He could be a good horse. We'll have to see."

Perkins said he will now take Woods of Windsor to Florida. "We will play it by ear," he said. "But he should run at Gulfstream Park."

The horse is already nominated for the March 20 Florida Derby.

Woods of Windsor gave Howard County sportswoman Adelaide

Riggs her third 1992 stakes winner. Two of her other horses, Dhaka and Wild Zone, had each won a pair of stakes earlier in the year.

For a while it looked like Maryland fans might not have any exceptional 3-year-olds to root for in the classics next spring. Now Woods of Windsor has joined Quicken and Secret Odds as exciting Maryland-bred sophomore prospects, and there is the possibility other good young horses will surface.

Secret Odds, however, might be kept in sprints. On Friday night, he won the Morven Stakes at The Meadowlands in wire to wire fashion at six furlongs.

NOTES: Rick Wilson might be on his way to his first Laurel riding title. He leads Edgar Prado by eight wins. . . .Woods of Windsor earned $75,000 by winning the Maryland Juvenile Championship, increasing his earnings to $90,255 in three starts. . . .His dam, Cyane's Slippers, produced stakes-placed Axial Rift as her first foal. Woods of Windsor is her third offspring and first stakes winner. . . .

Next Sunday any patron who brings a new toy to Laurel will be given free grandstand admission as well as a free autographed group photo of their favorite jockeys. The toys will be donated to children living in Baltimore area homeless shelters for Christmas. The promotion is being sponsored by the wives of local jockeys and track management.

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