Low Tolerance wins sloppy Snow Goose by nose

March 28, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

The fawn and dark brown colors of Darby Dan Farm, that were carried to victory by Little Current in the 1974 Preakness, returned to the winner's circle yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.

But just barely.

Low Tolerance, the highweight at 118 pounds and 4-5 betting favorite in the Snow Goose Handicap, bore down on pacesetter Dress Optional in the long, sloppy stretch at Old Hilltop, and won by a nose in one last jump.

Mario Pino, on the Merryman runner, slowed the pace down to a crawl and looked like he might hold on for the victory until Low Tolerance began grinding her way to the wire.

"I think Herb [McCauley, her jockey] let the filly relax too much on the backside, and then it was hard to get her running again," said John Veitch, trainer of Low Tolerance. "Her sire, Proud Truth [also trained by Veitch] had the same sort of mannerism."

Veitch also said he was concerned by the slow early fractions. "But she's been remarkably consistent since I got her last fall and is improving with maturity."

The time of 1 minute, 53 seconds on the sloppy track is the slowest of the last four runnings of the Snow Goose since it has been contested at 9 furlongs.

Gallant Stinger finished third.Second choice, Gammy's Alden, disliked the wet track and trailed the field.

Veitch said he only has three horses in training for Darby Dan. He added that the outfit now markets most of its yearlings commercially.

He plans to run the filly next in the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 16 and then possibly return her to Baltimore for the Pimlico Distaff on May 8.

NOTES: The Pimlico odds board malfunctioned before the fifth race yesterday. The new Spectrum system had trouble pricing out the Double Triple because of a late scratch in the race. . . . Cinderella horse Fafa Lemos was a late scratch in the Jim Beam Stakes yesterday after his trainer reported a puncture wound in the coronet band of one of the horse's feet. . . . The John B. Campbell Handicap will be run for the 40th time today at Pimlico. Ameri Valay is the starting highweight at 116 pounds.

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