Green Darlin rallies to win Geisha 'cap

April 19, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Local trainer Larry Murray imported New Jersey jockey Joe Bravo to Pimlico Race Course yesterday to ride Green Darlin in the Geisha Handicap and won the $100,000 race for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.

It was the first stakes start for the 4-year-old filly, who suffered a fractured knee more than a year ago in only her second career start.

But Murray said "the filly travels better now than she did before."

He added that he asked Bravo, third in the jockey standings at Garden State Park, to ride her "because he could make the weight [110 pounds] and I didn't want the filly to carry any overweight, especially in stakes company."

Green Darlin, owned by Sondra Bender, came from off the pace and defeated favored Ritchie Trail by four lengths. Silence Speaks, a former claimer, finished third, a nose in front of pace-setter Jazzy One.

Murray said that Green Darlin, who runs erratically at times in the stretch, does not always keep a straight course because "her mind wanders. She plays around a lot. The first time I ran her in New York she ran without blinkers. The jock [Chris Antley] came back afterward and said she was looking at the pigeons."

Simulcast schedule

Pimlico/Laurel general manager Jim Mango has outlined a tentative schedule for the start of an inter-track experiment with the state's harness tracks, the opening of Maryland's first OTB parlor, and the beginning of a multiple signal simulcast program.

The first two phases of the simulcast expansion plans are contingent upon final licensing approval by the Maryland Racing Commission.

The schedule:

* Thursday, April 22: Inter-tracking begins. Thoroughbred races are simulcast at Rosecroft Raceway in the afternoon. Harness races are televised at Pimlico and Laurel at night.

* Tuesday, April 27: The state's first OTB parlor opens at the Cracked Claw restaurant in Urbana.

* Thursday, April 29: All tracks and the Cracked Claw start taking bets on full-card simulcasts from out-of-state tracks.

Raglan Road in Tesio

Trainer Leon Blusiewicz said that Paul Fitzpatrick's Deputy Minister colt, Raglan Road, will start Saturday in the Federico Tesio Stakes.

The horse finished off the board in the Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park in his last start, but raced prominently for about a mile.

Raglan Road will be ridden in the Tesio by Mike Luzzi, this year's leading Maryland stakes rider.

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