Gammy's Alden takes Squan 'cap 'Groovy' is 2nd, Dress Optional 3rd

February 21, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Former claimer Gammy's Alden overcame a slow start and rallied to win the $57,237 Squan Song Handicap by two lengths at Laurel yesterday.

Jockey Mike Luzzi steered the John Alden filly to her first victory since September, overcoming pace-setter Fight For Peace in the stretch and holding off Groovy Feeling and Dress Optional.

In the process, she defeated the 2-1 favorite, Buffels, who ran alongside Gammy's Alden for 6 furlongs, then faded to last in the field of seven.

"I was laying in perfect position and all of a sudden she just flattened out," said jockey Larry Reynolds of Buffels, who ran only five days earlier in the Million Handicap.

"We may have run her back too soon," said Buffels' assistant trainer, Chick Borden.

Gammy's Alden won a $12,000 claiming race last March and has compiled an impressive record against highly regarded stakes company since.

"She broke slow, so I just sat on her," said Luzzi. "It was a slow pace and I just waited for things to happen. At the top of the lane, she saw daylight, and that was it."

Jockey cleared

Maryland Racing Commission chairman Jack Mosner affirmed earlier decision by the stewards that absolved jockey Larry Reynolds of anything but bad judgment in a race aboard Dynamical on Feb. 6 at Laurel.

Mosner issued a statement refuting the claims of trainer Wallace Neilsen, who accused Reynolds of an unprofessional ride.

Included in Neilsen's statements after the race was "the insinuation that Reynolds deliberately took Dynamical to the rail behind a wall of horses as the only way he could stop her from winning," Mosner said.

Reynolds has acknowledged that he made a poor decision in the race and Mosner said "there have been many incidents in past races where nationally acclaimed riders have made mistakes of judgment far worse than Reynolds."

Rosecroft simulcast

Rosecroft Raceway will add Balmoral Park in Crete, Ill., to its simul

casting network beginning tonight.

Balmoral will serve as Rosecroft's second Sunday signal. It features two racing surfaces, a mile track used during daylight hours and a lighted 5/8 -mile track for nights.

Win, place, show and triple betting will be available from Balmoral. There will be no wagering on the Illinois track's exactas and doubles because it's illegal for the track to participate in commingled pools with tracks with different takeout rates from Maryland's.

The bill to change that law has passed the Maryland Senate and is expected to go to the House this week.

Notes

Luzzi, second in the jockey's standings to Edgar Prado, won four races overall, including a dead-heat finish against Paso Fino and apprentice Walter Cullum aboard My Boy Arthur in the second race. Luzzi picked up two of the mounts from leading trainer King Leatherbury, replacing the ill Mark Johnston. . . . Cullum was the only other rider with a double yesterday. . . . The horse breaking from the No. 1 post finished fourth or better in every race except one. . . . Quicken and Jest Punching will meet again in the $60,000 Goss L. Stryker Stakes today. Quicken won their only other meeting by a head in the Star De Naskra Stakes on Jan. 16. New York shipper Silver Key, third in the Star De Naskra, returns to try the pair again.

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