Time off turns on Logan's Mist Since vacation, filly is unbeaten in '93 Laurel notebook

June 21, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Logan's Mist still has the killer instinct.

The 4-year-old granddaughter of Nijinsky II kept her 1993 record unblemished yesterday with a 1 1/4 -length win over Just About Dawn in the initial running of the April Run Stakes at Laurel.

It was just a $35,000 overnight stakes, but it set her up for her next objective: the $100,000 Matchmaker Stakes at Atlantic City Race Course on July 15.

Trainer Frannie Campitelli was afraid that when he sent Logan's Mist to Ocala, Fla., for a vacation last winter, she might not return with the desire to win.

"A couple of years ago, I had a filly named Essee's Taw. She beat everything around here," Campitelli said. "Then I gave her time off. She came back bigger, better-looking, more mature. But she just didn't want to win. She had lost that killer instinct. It's always a fear."

Not to worry about Logan's Mist.

If anything, she appears to be more settled and more consistent than last year, when she tailed off by early autumn.

But she also showed last year that she could run. In 1992, Logan's Mist equaled Portsmouth's track record of 1 minute, 34 seconds for a mile on the grass at Laurel and won five of 16 starts.

But she also had a string of bad luck. She ran second four times to Captive Miss and never won a stakes in Maryland. Her best effort was a second in the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico.

Then she tested positive for caffeine after winning the Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park. Campitelli, whose wife, Jessie, owns Logan's Mist and also gallops her in the mornings, is appealing the case. It has yet to be heard by the New Jersey Racing Commission.

Finally, in October, Logan's Mist spit out the bit when heavily favored in the Grade III Martha Washington Stakes at Laurel. She finished last.

"I think she was just burnt out at that point," Campitelli said.

Yesterday's win was her third straight in 1993 and second stakes victory under Austreberto Salazar, the 21-year-old Mexican-born apprentice.

Campitelli put Salazar on the filly after Edgar Prado broke his leg in an incident at the gate at Pimlico a few weeks ago.

"He [Salazar] reminds me of a young Prado," Campitelli said. "He's patient and has good hands."

Yesterday, Salazar stayed cool after Saudi Brass opened up a long early lead. He moved up steadily from third and reached the lead inside the eighth pole. Just About Dawn rallied from off the pace, winning a photo finish for second over D. Theatrical Gal, who ended up third, and Adoryphar, who was fourth. Favored Gilded Set finished fifth, three parts of a length over a tired Saudi Brass.

Big day for Moorefield

Baltimore-born jockey William Moorefield, 25, ended his riding apprenticeship in February, but he hasn't let the loss of the 5-pound weight break, or bug, jeopardize his career.

Yesterday he won three races and finished second on Just About Dawn in the April Run Stakes.

"Outfits I worked for, like Dick Delp, Campitelli, Dick Small and Sidney Watters have stuck with me," Moorefield said. "I work hard for them in the morning and they give me a fair shake in the races in the afternoon."

Moorefield won two races yesterday for Delp: the fifth race on first time starter, Letsracebuckeroos, and the eighth race on Jessie's A Winner. In the 10th race, Moorefield came from off the pace with Tripp Trial and won a $28,000 allowance race for Cam pitelli. "A rock flew up and hit me in the nose and I think it hit the filly, too," Moorefield said. "It made us both mad. That's when we really dug in and won."

Low betting on steeplechase

An average of $45,232 has been bet on the seven steeplechases at Laurel the past two weekends.

That's about one-third of what is generally bet on a flat race and about the same as what was bet on experimental Arabian races a couple of years ago.

But Lenny Hale, vice president of racing at Laurel, said there are several advantages to running the hurdle events.

"They introduce new owners to racing at the flat tracks, and they also bring some Virginia horsemen into Maryland at a time when we hope to start a racing venture in their state," Hale said. "It familiarizes them with our operation."

In each of yesterday's jump races, only 50 percent of the horses finished the course. Four jockeys fell off, but none was seriously injured.

The last in the series of steeplechases is carded as the first race tomorrow.

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