Winka surprises with a perfect 10 Horse comes from outside, breezes in Cameo Stakes

December 20, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

It wasn't supposed to be this easy.

Only one horse had won a 1 1/16-mile race from the No. 10 post position during the current Laurel meeting until Winka turned in an eye-opening performance yesterday.

The outside was no hindrance whatsoever to Gilbert Hahn Jr.'s gray filly, who rolled away from the field through the stretch and captured the $50,000 Cameo Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths.

In the process, Winka gained revenge on the favored Carnirainbow, who couldn't keep the lead and finished third, also beaten by long shot Da's Mimi.

The result denied Carnirainbow her sixth 1992 stakes victory.

"While everybody was trying to slow down the pace, my filly broke sharply, had good position from the 7/8 pole and won easily," said winning jockey Edgar Prado.

The last time Winka hooked up with Carnirainbow, Nov. 21, both were beaten by Broad Gains in the Maryland Juvenile Championship.

It was the only defeat for Carnirainbow in six stakes races since Aug. 9, but she held off the rally of Winka by a head to gain second in that race.

"I was a little disappointed the last time," said Charlie Hadry, Winka's trainer. "Most horses need two times around two turns. She has been getting better."

Carnirainbow, also near the outside in the No. 8 slot, broke alertly and immediately took the lead. But Prado sensed the slow fractions (:24 2/5, :48 3/5) and hustled Winka into striking position.

As they turned for home, Winka took over and galloped away to top a $362.80 exacta payoff.

Taking a break

Laurel will be closed for five days after today's card and will reopen Saturday, the day after Christmas.

That gives employees and fans an extended break, but actually only one racing program is affected since the track normally wouldn't run Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

@4 That card, Tuesday's, will be conducted Dec. 28.

More time off

Rosecroft Raceway is also dark through Christmas week, returning to action Dec. 30 on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule weekly.

The simulcast signal will originate at the Meadowlands through this period except for New Year's Eve, when Pompano Park will (( be the second signal.

Rosecroft will add Sunday live racing to its basic schedule in February.

Miscellaneous

The $50,000 Inner Harbor Stakes at 1 1/8 miles tops today's card. Included in the field is Quicken, a horse noted for coming from far off the pace. . . . Prado and Rick Wilson scored the only riding doubles yesterday.

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