Emily keeps fields short late in week Timonium notebook

August 31, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

With Hurricane Emily expected to hit the area with some hard rains this week, horsemen competing at Timonium are playing a waiting game.

Racing secretary Georganne Hale was having trouble filling tomorrow's card because of their wariness.

"I think the impending hurricane is the reason," she said. "Nobody wants to run in the mud, I guess. Most people are waiting to see what happens."

Generally, Timonium has had an excellent response from owners and trainers.

Every live race on yesterday's program had at least six horses entered until Larry Smith scratched McFrolic from the feature.

"Our biggest problem is near the end of our meet," Hale continued. "The last couple of days everybody wants to sit and wait for the other track [Pimlico] to open."

First blemish

The first disqualification of the meet occurred in yesterday's fifth race when the defending riding champion, Freddy Castillo, and his mount Equal Donna were taken down from an apparent victory.

The stewards ruled that Castillo impeded Frank Douglas and Frigid Heiress heading into the stretch and placed Equal Donna second.

Bourne wins her first of meet

In the five-horse feature, Laura's Henry broke sluggishly but led by a quarter-mile and raced away to a 5 1/2 -length score at four furlongs.

Lori Bourne gained her first winner of the meet while in the silks of owner-trainer Joseph Winkler.

Salazar stays on top

Apprentice Austreberto Salazar had one winner, El Bourbon ($11.60) in the sixth, and maintained his lead in the jockeys' standings.

Salazar has five wins overall, two ahead of fellow bug rider Walter Cullum and veteran Wayne Barnett.

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