2-year-olds get chance to shine Laurel notebook HORSE RACING

June 28, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Jersey's Sacred Honour, Pagofire win stakes races

Finding races for 2-year-old horses who already have broken their maidens is not easy on the East Coast.

There is a shortage of action and trainers are reluctant to run such green horses back in allowance races, where they probably will be outclassed.

So, Laurel Race Course solved the problem yesterday with two overnight stakes for first-year runners. Unfortunately for the opposition, the Ben Perkins Sr. stable heard about them.

Perkins shipped in the colt Sacred Honour and the filly Pagofire from New Jersey, where both had won their debuts by 11 lengths.

Pagofire was the more impressive while romping to a 6 3/4 -length score in the $35,000 Bug Eyed Betty Stakes at 3-10 odds, prompting jockey Rick Wilson to proclaim her "one of the best 2-year-olds I've ever ridden."

That completed a meager $3 middle daily double after Sacred Honour had survived some early trouble and an objection while coming from off the pace to win the $35,000 Iron Derby at 2-5 odds.

Both races were at five furlongs, which Pagofire negotiated in a ++ quick 57 4/5 seconds, only four-fifths of a second off the track record set 13 years ago by Dave's Friend.

Wilson rode both horses and said he was glad he made the trip from Monmouth Park. "These horses have a future," he said.

New Farm owns Sacred Honour and Pagofire.

Andrea Seefeldt was second to Pagofire on Bless Me Twice and said she "wasn't discouraged at all. It's hard to handicap a race like this. Who knows whether the winner can go on to 5 1/2 furlongs?"

The Iron Derby was distinguished when Matchbox Dreamer threw jockey Joe Rocco and broke loose to run almost six furlongs before the race started.

Rocco suffered no serious injury, then the 4-1 second choice tore off to a 22 2/5 quarter under replacement Larry Saumell.

Despite his early misadventures, Matchbox Dreamer led into the stretch when Blood Bath and Santos Chavez took the lead and Sacred Honour began his closing rally to a 2 1/4 -length triumph in 58 3/5 seconds.

The three brushed slightly in mid-stretch and Saumell claimed fouls against both horses that were disallowed by the stewards.

"I think it cost me second money," Samuell said. "I was a head back of the second horse. It was tight enough in there to cost me a head [the margin he lost to Blood Bath]."

Perkins said he was not concerned about the objection because Sacred Honour "maintained a straight course in the final furlong."

Racing secretary Tommy Baker said more 2-year-old stakes can be expected when Pimlico Race Course opens.

"You hold these races and hope you get a shipper or two as we did with Perkins' horses," Baker said. "Right now, there is hardly any place for them to run 2-year-old winners. As the year goes on, they'll get into allowances."

Wednesday simulcasting delayed

Wednesday simulcasting at Laurel will begin July 14 -- not this week as originally announced.

The Wednesday programs do not involve live racing, but include full cards from Belmont Park, Arlington International Racecourse and Hollywood Park.

Laurel president Joe De Francis said: "We are delaying the start of Wednesday simulcasting in order to give us the time necessary to finalize operational details with the United Food and Commercial Workers officials."

July 7 was ruled out as a start date because the track is operating the previous Monday.

All Maryland wagering outlets will carry the Wednesday racing, including Laurel, Pimlico, Rosecroft Raceway, Delmarva Downs, the Cracked Claw and Poor Jimmy's.

Montbrook wins at Atlantic City

Maryland-based Montbrook, owned by Israel Cohen, went wire-to-wire under jockey Jo Jo Ladner and captured the $100,000-added Jersey Shore Budweiser Breeders' Cup by eight lengths at Atlantic City.

Trained by Dean Gaudet, Montbrook ran the seven furlongs in a blistering 1:21 and returned $4.80 to win.

Montbrook is a nominee to the Grade III, $300,000 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash July 25.

Another Maryland-based horse, Secret Odds, won the $45,000-added Sewickley Stakes at Belmont Park with Mike Luzzi in the saddle.

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