Delp makes spot count in feature

Timonium notebook

August 30, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

When Timonium Race Course conducted a 42-day run, trainer Richard Delp said, he ran all his horses at the five-eighths mile track.

Now, the meeting is reduced to 10 days and, like many mile-track trainers, Delp picks his spots to enter.

Yesterday, he chose the right one for Two Eyes Fer You, a 5-year-old mare who has competed in everything from high-priced claiming races to stakes on the Laurel-Pimlico circuit.

"I had to come to Timonium with her," said Delp. "She had run only four times since May and she doesn't want grass. I even ran her one time on that [receiving a sixth-place finish] to keep her busy."

With Mario Pino in the saddle, Two Eyes Fer You came from off the pace in the final furlong and captured the Timonium feature by 1 1/4 lengths over another closer, Good Looking Terri.

The pacesetters, Bad Gerty and Fight Over Peace, held on gamely for third and fourth, respectively, in the $14,000 allowance event.

"Pino was kind of trapped a little," said Delp. "Maybe they were working on him. But he got clear and brought the horse in."

It was the 13th lifetime victory by Two Eyes Fer You, who has earned more than $150,000.

"She's a nice mare, not the top of the crop, but a decent sort who hasn't run badly," said the trainer. "We'll take her back to Pimlico now for allowance and condition races."

The 9-5 favorite, Two Eyes Fer You returned $5.80 straight and earned $8,400.

Attendance, handle down

For the second straight day, the attendance and handle lagged. Despite perfect weather, a crowd of 4,821 wagered just $575,250 yesterday, more than $140,000 behind last year's total.

Castillo in spill

The defending riding champion, Freddy Castillo, took a spill in the fifth race when Mocassin Mask apparently took a misstep on the second turn.

A stewards' inquiry showed no wrongdoing and Castillo was not hurt seriously. He returned to handle his mounts in later races.

Salazar takes lead

Apprentice Austreberto Salazar took over the lead in the jockey's race by booting home three winners, giving him four in two days. Salazar and On A Tilt survived an objection by Walter Cullum in the final race.


Gov. William Donald Schaefer attended yesterday's card, sitting in a private box in the grandstand. He left after watching several races. . . . Trainers John Pucek and Mary Eppler were married Saturday, the opening day of the meeting. . . . No trainer has more than one victory.

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