Forry Cow How takes Congressional Luzzi brings in track record in first ride on the winner

December 27, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Trainer Ronnie Cartwright spent no more than 10 seconds in the paddock at Laurel yesterday telling Mike Luzzi how to ride Forry Cow How in the Congressional Handicap.

"He comes on at the end, doesn't he?" Luzzi said.

"Yeah, but if the pace is slow, you might want to lay close up," Cartwright said.

Luzzi had never been on the horse.

But he went out, and under a textbook perfect ride, not only won the richest race in the horse's two-year career, earning a $45,000 purse, but did it in track record time.

Luzzi picked up the mount after Larry Reynolds, who had ridden Forry Cow How in his two previous starts, chose to ride runner-up Ameri Valay.

For the first time in 22 career races, Cartwright added blinkers to Forry Cow How's equipment in an effort to sharpen him after he lost by a nose in his previous start to Root Boy.

The strategy worked.

Forry Cow How laid closer to the pace than usual. Luzzi stalked front-runner Ameri Valay, who set slow early fractions, and then had plenty of horse left to sweep by him in mid-stretch.

"My horse [Ameri Valay] rated perfect," Reynolds said. He added he was a little surprised to see his former mount, Forry Cow How, surge by. "I thought it might be Rick Wilson [on beaten favorite Finder's Choice, who finished fifth]."

Forry Cow How ran the 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes, 1 2/5 seconds, a fifth of a second faster than the previous track record set by Mister S. M. in the 1988 Maryland Million Classic.

Forry Cow How provided Buckingham Farm owners Eddie and Binnie Houghton of Chestertown with their first stakes win since Forry Cow How won the Star De Naskra Stakes at Laurel in 1991.

The Houghtons, who campaigned multiple stakes winner Castelets with Cartwright during the late 1980s only have one other horse in training, the unraced Horatius gelding, Crumpton.

They credited trainer Sharon "Sam" Maloney of Warrenton, Va., as well as Cartwright, for yesterday's victory.

"Sam had this horse for about three months this summer and early fall," Binnie Houghton said. "He was sour and she devoted a lot of time to him, getting him to eat again and feel happy."

Forry Cow How is the fourth 1992 stakes winner for Maryland stallion Horatius, who gets versatile runners. He not only sired top sprinter Safely Kept but also Forry Cow How, who is a track record holder at 10 furlongs.

NOTES: Jockeys Mario Pino and Billy Moorefield escaped serious injury yesterday after their mounts Closing Impact and Happy Trick fell during the sixth race. Closing Impact was destroyed after breaking down. . . . Veteran trainer Rodger Gill died Thursday after a six-month battle with cancer. Gill trained numerous stakes horses and won the Congressional Handicap four times. Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Hubbard funeral establishment, 4107 Wilkens Ave. . . . Barbara Anderson and John Guest won with their first homebred yesterday. Anderson and Guest bred Whataspecial Lady, the 5 1/4 -length winner in her first start in the seventh race. The filly was raised at Kim Firestone's Glenstone Farm in Middletown and is the first foal from stakes winner What A Gaylord. . . . Forry Cow How has a weanling sister, owned by Thornmar Farm in Chestertown, named Kiss Me.

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