Salazar rises with Logan's Mist

June 06, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

He is the rising star in the Maryland jockey colony, and yesterday Austreberto Salazar again showed why.

The apprentice from Mexico City scored his first stakes victory, guiding Logan's Mist through on the inside to a neck victory over turf specialist Gilded Set in the $50,000 Lady Baltimore Handicap at Pimlico.

It was the third victory of the day for Salazar, 21, who moved into a tie with Mike Luzzi in the jockey standings behind the injured Edgar Prado.

Logan's Mist, running for the second time within a week, completed the 1 1/16 miles over a grass course rated yielding in 1 minute, 44 4/5 seconds.

Salazar is an exceptional athlete who runs in marathons and has competed as a boxer. He rode briefly in the Chicago and Philadelphia areas before finding success here.

"He told me he had only ridden a few times on turf when he came here," said his agent, Bobby Suggs. "He seemed like a natural to me."

Gilded Set stalked the lead most of the way and held on gamely for second with California Invader and favored Adoryphar rallying for third.

Thoroughbred-harness deadline nears

The president of Rosecroft Raceway said he believes a decision will be reached this week regarding the resumption of inter-track wagering.

"Things are pretty delicate right now," Ted Snell said. "The [Maryland] Racing Commission is meeting Wednesday and I'm sure there will be a serious discussion of this topic."

Although thoroughbred and harness management already have agreed in principle to a compromise solution proposed by commission member Allan Levey, there are other factors.

"Six entities are involved in this," said Snell. "Just to have two associations say they might go along is not enough."

Unless a new agreement is reached, inter-track betting will cease Thursday when Laurel opens its summer meeting.

In mourning

The racing community is mourning John "Red" Doggett, who died Friday in a Gettysburg, Pa., nursing home at age 77.

Doggett spent 65 years around race tracks, starting his career as an exercise boy at the Alfred Vanderbilt farm, was a jockey on the half-mile circuit and worked as a valet in the jockeys' room at Maryland tracks. He retired five years ago after working the detention barn at the Maryland tracks for 10 years.

Miscellaneous

Maryland bettors who had long shot Colonial Affair to win the Belmont Stakes received a $34.40 payoff compared with $29.80 in New York. But the exotic bets in the separate pools were higher at Belmont, where the exacta (4-3) with Kissin Kris second paid $463.60 and the triple with Wild Gale third (4-3-14) returned a whopping $18,677. Maryland's outlets handled $724,377 on the Belmont and $233,385 on the Nassau County Handicap won by West By West. . . . Code Blum, a Lost Code filly trained by Bill Donovan and owned locally by H & D Stable, captured the $75,000 Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth Park at 11-1 odds yesterday. Tommy Turner rode the filly to a 1 3/4 -length victory.

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