For Verderosa, it's a win-win meet Timonium notebook

September 01, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

In Wednesday's editions of The Sun, it was incorrectly reported that there had been no spills at Timonium during the current meeting. In fact, Mocassin Mask, with jockey Freddy Castillo up, took a spill during Sunday's fifth race.

The Sun regrets the error.

There are times when local trainer Ralph Verderosa goes an entire meet without a victory.

But yesterday at Timonium Race Course, the Timonium resident found himself tied with John V. Butts for leading trainer after four days of the half-mile thoroughbred meet.

Verderosa and Butts each have won two of three races they have entered in the 10-day meet that runs in conjunction with the Maryland State Fair.


Verderosa is the latest in a long line of virtually unknown trainers and riders to succeed at Timonium, a track not favored by many of the more well-known horsemen.

But these days Verderosa is celebrating along with his son, jockeyRaphael Verderosa, who also has two wins in three rides at Timonium.

The younger Verderosa rode Color Me Jordan to a win for his father in the first race Monday after being aboard Austrian Princess, trained by Clinton Bratton, for a victory in the fifth race for Saturday's opener.

The elder Verderosa's first victory of the meet came in the first race on opening day when Walter Cullum rode Therightoneleft to a win.

Castillo appeals suspension

Defending jockey champion Freddy Castillo will continue to ride through the conclusion of the Timonium meet even though he was given a seven-day suspension (Sept. 3-9) yesterday by Maryland Racing Commission stewards for his ride aboard Equal Donna in the fifth race at Timonium Monday.

Castillo has appealed the suspension, said Gordon Becraft, Castillo's agent.

The stewards said that Castillo allowed his mount Equal Donna to drift out and carry Frigid Heiress wide when coming out of the last turn in the fifth race.

Equal Donna was disqualified from a first-place finish and placed second to Frigid Heiress. It was the first disqualification of the meet.

"We carried her [Frigid Heiress] out a little but never stopped riding," said Becraft.

Four days and no spills

Oft-maligned Timonium suddenly has a new image. After four days of racing, there have been no spills and no injuries to any jockeys or horses.

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