Brilliant Brass heads field for Carousel Handicap today

December 12, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Elaine Bassford expects a phone call this morning from the Bahamas.

It will be her trainer, Carlos Garcia, who is vacationing there on a cruise ship, calling to discuss today's Carousel Handicap at Laurel Race Course.

Bassford's 5-year-old mare, Brilliant Brass, makes her 13th start of the year. All of her 1992 races except one have been in stakes, and she has won eight, starting with the Conniver Handicap on March 8 and going through the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 22.

When she started the year, Brilliant Brass carried a low 112 pounds in the Conniver. Today she runs under a career high of 124 pounds, nine more than Stem The Tide, who is expected to be her main competitor.

"It is a lot of weight, made more complex by the bad weather," Bassford said. "But a wet track shouldn't bother her and Carlos seems to think she's getting better, although after her last race [she won the Ladies Handicap by five lengths], I don't know how much better she can get."

Notes

Maryland-bred gelding Asserche is among the starters in today's Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct -- if he gets to the track. The horse left Laurel yesterday about 10 a.m., but when the van got to the George Washington Bridge heading toward Manhattan, the bridge was closed because of flooding. . . . . Edgar Prado has replaced Andrea Seefeldt as the jockey on Reputed Testamony. The 5-year-old horse uses today's eighth race as a prep for the Gallant Fox Handicap at Aqueduct.

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