Houston oilman Preston buys another winner Wolf Prince takes 1st race for owner

February 07, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Houston oilman Art Preston has made a habit of buying proven young Maryland-based horses and campaigning them with local trainer Carlos Garcia.

First there was Haymaker. Then Suspect Terrain. Now Wolf Prince.

The gray 3-year-old colt won his first start in Preston's colors yesterday in the $42,800 Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel Race )) Course.

Beaten only once in four prior starts, the Virginia-bred colt started as the 1-5 favorite, shortest-priced odds in his career, but won by a narrow margin.

He defeated Asset Impression, the only horse to beat him so far, by a neck after a duel in the stretch.

Garcia thought that jockey Edgar Prado moved too soon with the horse and had a hard time getting him to relax. But Prado explained he was afraid he was going to get boxed in, and decided to go to the front earlier than he had planned.

Even though Wolf Prince had a harder time yesterday fighting off Asset Impression, whose late run was nicely timed by Mike Luzzi, the outcome was never seriously in doubt.

Wolf Prince was timed for the 7 furlongs in 1 minute, 24 3/5 seconds.

Preston said he asks Garcia "to keep an eye out" for promising horses. He owns about 100 thoroughbreds, including breeding stock that he keeps at his Prestonwood Farm near Lexington, Ky. He stands stallions Groovy, Rare Performer and Danzatore and has a far-flung racing operation.

Preston owns part of the good turf mare Kostroma, who is trained in California by Gary Jones, and also has runners in Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky.

He bought controlling interest of Wolf Prince from Virginia breeder Mike Baudhuin about 10 days ago.

Garcia said he plans to run Wolf Prince next in the 1 1/16-mile Private Terms Stakes at Laurel on March 13.

No. 1 for Castillo

Apprentice Freddy Castillo won his first stakes Friday night with the Maryland-bred sprinter Kelly's Class at Garden State Park. The 5-year-old son of Allen's Prospect best Dusty Screen by 3/4 of a length in the Equus Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Trio for Perez

Owner Robert Perez could run a three-horse entry next Monday in the $200,000 General George Stakes at Laurel. Senor Speedy, last year's winner, Burn Fair and Fast Turn are nominated to the race and are already on the grounds.

Winning connection

Trainer Ferris Allen won his third race in about two weeks yesterday for the Burning Daylight Farm of Charlottesville, Va., owner Arthur Watson Jr. Allen has eight horses for Watson. His winners at Laurel have been Tuckers Town Cove, Jupiter Bowl and Senorita Rosalita, who won yesterday's 12th race.

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