Majesty's Turn turns it on in Hoover

March 22, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Majesty's Turn continued to write an intriguing horse racing story yesterday.

From claiming races to a billing as one of the top sprinters in the Delaware Valley racing region is the exciting trip that has been traveled by the 4-year-old chestnut gelding.

Yesterday at Laurel Race Course, Majesty's Turn more than lived up to his reputation by closing fast to win the $43,625 J. Edgar Hoover Handicap by three- quarters of a length over Who Wouldn't.

The winner equaled the stakes record of 1:09 3/5 for the 6-furlong sprint at Laurel.

A Sip of Julep established the record in the 1985 J. Edgar Hoover Handicap.

It was the third straight impressive victory in 1993 for the gelded son of Majesty's Prince, raising his earnings to nearly $250,000.

"We kept the leader [Thirty Eight Carat] honest," said jockey Alberto Delgardo, who ran second before the late surge. "We didn't want to give him an easy lead. We were close at the top of the lane, and that was it."

Trainer Luigi Gino said: "Majesty's Turn is a good one, and I think he can go long. We'll nominate him to different races, but we're looking to a seven-furlong race in Kentucky [the Grade III Commonwealth Breeders' Cup at Keeneland]."

Majesty's Clear, carrying the top weight of 121 pounds yesterday, sprinted clear of Thirty Eight Carat at the eighth pole and held off Who Wouldn't.

Thirty Eight Carat, seeking his fourth straight win, set the pace along the rail, but gave way and finished sixth.

Finder's Choice was scratched after being scheduled to return to racing after a three-month layoff.

Riders fined

Jockeys Mark Johnston, 22, and Steven Hamilton, 20, have each been fined $100 for participating in an altercation that took place in the jockeys' quarters Friday.

Maryland Racing Commission stewards John Heisler and Bill Passmore said yesterday the altercation took place sometime after the third race, but had "nothing to do with a race."

"It was a personality thing," Heisler said. "One word led to another until they had it with each other. It bothered everybody in the room and had to be taken care of."

Heisler said the two riders "have become friends now, but it cost them $100."

Johnston and Hamilton played together later that night in a charity basketball game for disabled jockeys.

Johnston is fifth during the fall and winter meet in the jockey standings at Laurel.

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