Frottage paints a winning picture Strong finish gives Meyeroffs win in Broad Brush Handicap

Laurel notebook

August 01, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

A strong late run by Frottage at Laurel Race Course yesterday gave owners Bob and Jane Meyerhoff and their trainer, Dick Small, their second stakes victory in a week.

Last Saturday, the star of the Meyerhoff homebred string, Valley Crossing, won the Grade I Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park, pushed his career earnings over $1 million and moved into sixth-place among all-time leading Maryland-bred money earners.

The horse leaves Pimlico Race Course on Aug. 16 to run in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

Yesterday the sometimes erratic Frottage won a $50,000 stakes named in honor of his sire and Meyerhoff's best runner, Broad Brush. Now 10, the richest Maryland-bred of all-time is at stud in Kentucky. Frottage is from his first crop of foals that began racing in 1991.

"We're ecstatic about winning any race, but particularly this one," Meyerhoff said.

Frottage was ridden by Larry Reynolds, who won two other races yesterday and has opened up a four-win lead over apprentice Austreberto Salazar in the Laurel standings.

Reynolds has a good chance to pull off a stakes double. He's named on Pescagani, today's favorite to win the closing-day Sir Ivor Stakes.

Frottage's winning effort was Reynolds' fourth Maryland stakes win of 1993. Leading local stakes jockeys are Mike Luzzi (10 wins), Clarence "Jo Jo" Ladner and Edgar Prado (seven wins) and Rick Wilson and Walter Guerra, who also have ridden four Maryland stakes winners this year.

Stranded in Omaha

Laurel/Pimlico vice president of racing Lenny Hale has imposed a ban on horses shipping into Maryland tracks from the Midwest because of a viral outbreak in that area.

Caught in the ban is $1 million Laurel-based earner Sunny Sunrise, who ran off the board yesterday in the Cornhusker Handicap at Ak-Sar-Ben race course in Omaha, Neb.

Sunny Sunrise was apparently due to return to Laurel, but will now have to stay in Omaha or go elsewhere.

Hale said the New York Racing Association has instituted a similar ban.


Starting Tuesday, live racing returns to Pimlico. . . . Simulcast change: Full-card simulcasts from Monmouth Park today replace the regularly scheduled full card from Arlington Park. . . . Chip's Dancer, who fractured a front leg before the Wood Memorial in April, is at Delaware Park and is expected to resume light training Aug. 15. . . . Boundless Daisy, last seen finishing third in the Sir Barton Stakes, is resting at Chanceland Farm in West Friendship and should be back for a fall campaign. . . . Edgar Prado, Maryland's leading jockey who broke his leg earlier this summer, is expected to be back riding at Pimlico in mid-August. . . . Tom Flanagan, owner of the Riverboat on the Potomac Restaurant in Colonial Beach, Va., has yet to submit an OTB licensing application to the Maryland Racing Commission. . . . Other than his sense of humor and his pictures, equine photographer Skip Ball's greatest legacy to racing were the two proteges he helped train in the field: Neena Ewing and Cappy Jackson. . . . Louisiana owner John Franks has sent seven horses to Bowie horseman Jerry Robb to train. . . . Owners Frank and Ginny Wright are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of their farm, Huntingfields, in Hampstead. Their biggest earner to date: state-bred champion Valay Maid, who is in foal to Gulch and has a weanling filly by Miswaki.

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