Silver Tango breaks stakes dry spell

January 03, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Silver Tango won her first stakes in six months yesterday when she outlasted Tripp Trial in the $42,775 Francis Scott Key Handicap at Laurel Race Course.

The 5-year-old mare, who was considered nearly as good as Brilliant Brass and Wood So last winter, had gone off form after a summer vacation.

"This was a good confidence builder," owner Phil Capuano said.

Silver Tango is trained by Capuano's son, Gary, the younger brother to Dale, who finished second only to King Leatherbury last year in number of wins in the state.

Gary Capuano, who only has a six-horse stable, also finished third on Friday with Jest Punching in the Dave's Friend Stakes.

Mike Luzzi rode the winner, who caught pacesetter In The Curl at the top of the stretch and then repulsed a late bid from Tripp Trial. It was a good effort for 9-year-old In The Curl, who hung on well and finished third.

Handle and attendance, because of a Redskins game, was noticeably off yesterday after the brisk business on the New Year's Day card. But the day's wagering handle still beat last year's total by about $150,000.

Track operator Joe De Francis estimated that the Redskins game cost the track about $200,000 in handle.

Next week, when the Skins play again, the track is offering it's first ever Happy Hour in order to bring and then keep fans at the track.

Starting at 4 p.m., all prices for beer, sodas and hot dogs will be half price until the end of the game.

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