'Punching' wins Md. City Stakes Woods of Windsor is 6 1/2 lengths back

September 12, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

On the same day that Woods of Windsor won the Maryland Juvenile Championship last December and stirred up some excitement about his Triple Crown prospects, one of his stablemates, Jest Punching, was beaten in a $14,500 claimer.

Times have changed.

At Pimlico Race Course yesterday Jest Punching turned the tables on his illustrious former stablemate and Pimlico notebook

beat him by 6 1/2 lengths in the $53,975 Maryland City Stakes.

The 3-year-old gelding, ridden by Mike Luzzi, wore down front-runner Evil Bear in the stretch, but bore in once he got the lead near the sixteenth pole.

Herbie Castillo on Evil Bear swung his horse to the outside and got him running again, but still fell 1 1/2 lengths short of the winner. Castillo claimed foul against Luzzi. But the objection was disallowed by the stewards who felt Luzzi was clear of the other horse when the incident occurred.

Woods of Windsor finished third, his fifth losing effort since he won the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico in April and subsequently finished sixth in the Preakness.

However, he carried high weight of 122 pounds, 7 more pounds than Jest Punching and 5 more than Evil Bear.

However, jockey Edgar Prado was disappointed in Woods of Windsor's effort, even though six furlongs is not his best distance. "He did all right. But when I asked him, there was nothing," Prado said.

Larry Fowler, a stockbroker from Davidsonville, claimed Jest Punching for $20,000 on the advice of his trainer, Gary Capuano, in the horse's second start last December.

Jest Punching provided Fowler with his first stakes win yesterday. He has now earned $86,051 for Fowler.

Capuano said the horse's next start will be in the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap at Laurel Race Course on Oct. 9.

Even though Prado failed with Woods of Windsor, he got Logan's Mist up in time two races later to beat front-running long shot, Hopeful Angel, by a neck in the Very One Stakes.

On Friday night, Prado won the $35,000 West Virginia Schweppes Breeders' Cup with Chilly Hollow Baby at the Charles Town Races and finished second, by a neck, to Coin Collector in the $150,000 Ronrico Breeders' Cup. Both races are part of the West Virginia Breeders' Classic.

Another OTB applicant

Jim Mango, senior vice president of pari-mutuels and development at Pimlico/Laurel, said he expects Tom Flanagan, proprietor of the Riverboat on the Potomac restaurant in

Colonial Beach, Va., to submit his application for an off-track betting license to the Maryland Racing Commission by the end of next week. The Colonial Beach facility, located on a pier in Maryland waters of the Potomac, would become the fourth Maryland OTB outlet and could be in operation by the Breeders' Cup.

Rollicking dies

Perennial leading Maryland sire Rollicking died last month at Glade Valley Farm at age 26.

The horse had been retired from stud duty two years ago. His last crop of foal are yearlings, according to Howard Bender, who owns Galde Valley in partnership with Rollicking's owners, Robert and Nancy Leonard.

Rollicking sired 37 stakes winners and his progeny earned in excess of $16 million.

Pimlico/Laurel open late

Although there is no harness racing tonight, Pimlico/Laurel operator Joe De Francis will keep his tracks open until the end of the Del Mar card, which ends about 9:30 p.m.

A reduced crew will work at the betting windows since the Del Mar signal will be the only simulcast shown at the tracks.

Rosecroft stopped running on Sundays two weeks ago and is not conducting simulcasts only.

Colt dies

Budget Crisis, a 4-year-old colt, dropped dead at the top of the stretch yesterday in the second race at Pimlico. The horse ruptured an aorta.

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