Mitchell back as Primer winner Texturizer gives trainer fifth victory in Stakes

August 06, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

After a 12-year absence, a horse trained by H. Steward Mitchell returned to the winner's circle yesterday in the Primer Stakes.

It was the fifth time in 17 runnings that a Mitchell runner has won the race, which jokingly has been referred to as the H. Steward Mitchell Stakes.

In the late 1970s, the Bowie-based trainer won consecutive runnings of the race with Iron Derby, Iron Streak and Rare Wind, horses he had purchased in the Florida 2-year-old Sales. Then Mitchell won again in 1981 with Gay Christopher and was second in 1987 with Russian Diplomacy.

Yesterday was just like old times.

Texturizer, which Mitchell had purchased for $40,000 for longtime owner Fred Greene Jr. of Annapolis earlier this year, came through on the rail and beat Hal C.B. Clagett's homebred Run Alden by a nose.

Greg Hutton, aboard the runner-up, claimed foul, telling the stewards that Albert Delgado on the winner had come over on him a couple of times and "knocked my horse off stride."

Delgado, however, claimed that once Hutton realized he had given him room on the rail to slip through "he tried to close the opening up on me and it didn't work."

The stewards disallowed the claim and awarded the stakes win, and $16,110 in winning purse money, to Texturizer.

The victory by Mitchell loosened the grip that the New Jersey-based Ben Perkins stable has had this year on Maryland 2-year-old stakes. There have been five juvenile stakes run so far and Perkins has won three of them-- the Bug-Eyed Betty (with Pagofire), the Iron Derby (with Sacred Honour) and the Bold Irishman with Three Timer, who was fourth yesterday in the Primer. The Perkinses won last year's Primer with Adelaide Riggs'Wild Zone.

The only other 2-year-old stakes this year at a Maryland track has been the Snow Plow Stakes, which trainer Dick Delp won with the Nickels Stable's Smart 'N Noble. Delp was third in the Primer yesterday with Cloud's Forty Four.

Delgado is experiencing something of a resurgence in his career after a slow 1992. He has won stakes this year with Majesty's Turn, Fighting Notion and now Texturizer.


Run Alden, the Primer runner-up, is a three-quarter brother to $2 million Maryland-bred earner Little Bold John. . . . Pimlico-based filly Jacody left yesterday for Saratoga. Trainer Bill Donovan and jockey Tommy Turner go up Sunday to work the filly Monday morning and then will return. Jacody runs Aug. 14 in the $500,000 Alabama Stakes. . . . New Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos apparently has a 2-year-old that can run. His Spartan Victory, a son of Carr De Naskra, makes his first start tomorrow in the third race.

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