$99,000 wager made from Vegas Miss Indy Anna brings $4,950 profit

September 13, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

One bet of $99,000 was wagered to show at a Las Vegas casino yesterday on the filly Miss Indy Anna in the $100,000 Columbia Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

The profit received from the bet amounted to $4,950 when the 3-year-old filly, who might be good enough to run in the $1 million Breeders Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 6, won the race.

The big show bet by the so-called "bridge jumper" caused a $22,135.49 minus show pool at the track.

"But the negative breakage from the bet will be picked up mostly by Las Vegas," said Jim Mango, senior vice president of mutuels and development at Pimlico/Laurel. "I'm surprised they took the bet."

The money bet at the casinos is commingled into one large pool at Pimlico and its other various betting outlets throughout the state and country. Mango said the $99,000 Las Vegas wager comprised about 95 percent of the money bet in the pool. Each outlet contributes to the negative breakage according to the financial input at each location. Miss Indy Anna returned $2.10 to show.

Liz Quill, director of mutuels at Pimlico/Laurel, said she did not know the name of the casino where the money was bet. "We called the person in charge of our Las Vegas hub and he told us that he is not allowed to give out that information," Quill said .

Miss Indy Anna is owned by Charles Matses, a contractor from Boxford, Mass., and is trained by Ned Allard, the New England-based trainer who has conditioned such horses as Mom's Command, the 1985 New York Triple Tiara winner.

Yesterday, the leggy Canadian-bred filly passed early leader Fleet Band on the inside after about a furlong and then galloped in front the rest of the way, winning by 6 1/2 lengths as the 1-5 favorite. Her time of 1 minute, 10 seconds for the six furlongs is the fastest for that distance at the meet and shaved two-fifths of a second off the stakes record held by Meafara, last year's winner who subsequently finished second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, and Missy's Mirage, who won the race in 1991.

Allard said the filly didn't race at age 2 because she is so large and had developed bucked shins. When she made her debut at Suffolk Downs on Feb. 3, she won by 21 lengths.

Miss Indy Anna then was operated on for a chip in her knee and didn't race again until July 3 when she won her second start by 17 lengths at Monmouth Park.

She then lost by a head to Billy Mott-trained Missed the Storm in the Test Stakes at Saratoga, which is her lone defeat.

The filly rebounded with a win in the Dearly Precious Stakes before her Pimlico victory yesterday.

Allard said Miss Indy Anna could go next in the Rare Perfume Stakes at a mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 16 and then point for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Another Rocco spill

Joe Rocco, who was kicked in the arm and lower back when he was thrown from a horse at Pimlico Friday, was involved in another spill yesterday on his first day back at the races.

The 33-year-old jockey was nearing the finish of the seventh race the turf when his mount Passive Star snapped her left foreleg and fell. Rocco went down and was kicked in the head by a horse behind him.

He was spared serious injury by his helmet and refused to go to the hospital after he was taken by ambulance to the Pimlico first-aid room.

"I feel like I'm jinxed," Rocco said. "This is bad for business."

Rocco wanted to ride in later races, but was not allowed.

His mount, Frottage, in the eighth race, won the Sparrowvon Stakes and was ridden by Larry Reynolds.

Passive Star was euthanized on the track. She is the eighth horse to die at the current Pimlico meet.

Miscellaneous

Now that the Saratoga simulcasts have ended and have been replaced by the Belmont Park races, betting on Maryland's live card has returned to a healthier level. After the first three days of the second half of the Pimlico meet, 62 percent of the gross handle is bet on the Maryland card and 38 percent on out-of-state simulcasts. During Saratoga, the percentage was 54 live) and 46 (simulcasts). . . . Seven-year-old Flaming Emperor won his 17th career race yesterday when he defeated Apparitiontofollow in the $27,000 10th race allowance. The horse has made 77 starts.

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