Menemsha takes Pearl Stakes, flat-out


July 04, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Over the years, Monkton trainer Tom Voss has done well with horses bred by the late Frank Christmas.

Most of them were jumpers such as Wild Sir or Bupersrose.

But yesterday Voss scored one of the biggest victories of his career on the flat with Menemsha, a front-running daughter of Bupersrose, who led from start to finish at Laurel Race Course and won the $75,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes in the colors of his wife, Mimi.

Six Maryland-bred fillies contested the 1 1/16th-mile grass race. The bettors ganged up on New York invader Kuru Kalata, saddled by Gary Sciacca, the winningest trainer at Belmont Park, and made her the 8-5 favorite.

But it was Menemsha, the second choice, who dominated.

Voss chose Walter Guerra to ride the filly. "Edgar Prado broke her maiden, but since he's injured [sidelined for another month with a broken leg], I got Guerra. To me, he seems to ride the most like Prado. He's patient and suits this filly."

Guerra slowed the pace down to a crawl and had plenty of horse left when he roused her in the stretch and drew away from Winka by three lengths. Broad Gains, who picked up 15 pounds from her last victory in a turf allowance race, rallied for third, followed by Kuru Kalata.

It was the third straight win for Menemsha, who has been nearly unbeatable since she was switched to the grass.

"You can't get a horse more homebred than this," Mimi Voss said. Her husband owns the sire, Whatever For, and she owns Bupersrose, who also produced Maryland-bred champion jumper Mickey Free.

Voss has trained virtually the whole family. He won stakes on the flat with Whatever For, a son of Caro, stakes over jumps with Mickey Free and now on the flat with Menemsha, and steeplechase handicaps at Saratoga with Bupersrose.

Voss has 16 horses in training at his Harford County farm for a variety of clients. As usual, he plans to take a string composed of flat runners and steeplechasers to Saratoga's five-week meet.

He also trains Logroller, second in the Jersey Derby, and a starter today in the Nick Shuk Memorial at Delaware Park, or tomorrow in the Lamplighter Handicap at Monmouth Park.

'Reeboks on' for Delgado

For the third year since its inception, Albert Delgado won a jockey's foot race at a half furlong on the turf course at Laurel yesterday.

The race, contested by 13 Maryland jockeys, is part of a national fund-raiser for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, which aids disabled riders.

Most of the jockeys ran in their bare feet, but Delgado wore running shoes. "Reeboks on," said track announcer Dave Rodman. Wayne Barnett, who won the race in 1991, finished second.

The track contributed $1,000 to the fund.

Horsemen's fund shows increase

The horsemen's purse fund was down 18 percent after the first four months of this year. But since the advent of off-track betting and full-card simulcasting, it shows a 21 percent increase and a 3 percent surplus, track officials said.


Mike Luzzi has a bruised kidney after being kicked by a horse at Laurel on Friday and probably will be sidelined for a week. . . . The filly Frank's Persuasion was scratched from the third race at Laurel because of colic. Alexandra's Maid, the half-sister to Maryland champion Valay Maid, broke her maiden in her second start in that race. . . . Adelaide Riggs' Wild Zone finished third yesterday in the $200,000 Finger Lakes Budweiser Breeders' Cup at the Finger Lakes track in upstate New York. He was ridden by local jockey Santos Chavez. . . . Althea Johnson saddled Broad Gains for trainer Dick Small yesterday in the Pearl Necklace Stakes. Small was at Philadelphia Park, running Higher Strata for owner Bob Meyerhoff. Today, Small runs Valley Crossing in the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.

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