Valley Crossing pads bankroll 4th on state's all-time list after $185,000 Saturday HORSE RACING

September 20, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Even though Pimlico-based Valley Crossing ended up third in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, he still earned $185,000 for his owner, Robert Meyerhoff of Phoenix, Md.

The winnings -- $60,000 purse money from the Woodward and a $125,000 bonus for finishing third in the nine-race American Championship Racing Series -- is enough to push the 5-year-old horse to fourth place on the list of all-time Maryland-bred money-winners.

Valley Crossing now ranks below only Broad Brush, Safely Kept and Little Bold John among the richest state-breds.

"There was no way we were going to catch the winner [Bertrando, who won by 13 1/2 lengths]," said Dick Small, Valley Crossing's trainer. "His speed on a sloppy track is a tough combination."

Devil His Due, who finished second in the Woodward, ended up with 38 ACRS points and the $550,000 winning bonus. Bertrando was second with 32 points, and Valley Crossing was third with 30 points.

Small said he plans to enter Valley Crossing and his stablemate, Frottage, in the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup at The Meadowlands on Oct. 15 and the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park the next day. "Then we'll decide which horse and which race we'll run in," Small said.

Small will have a busy day Saturday. He runs his own 3-year-old, Dancing Douglas, in the Governor's Cup at Pimlico; Meyerhoff's 3-year-old filly, Broad Gains, in the $150,000 Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park with Edgar Prado aboard; and Meyerhoff's other good 3-year-old filly, Tennis Lady, in the Miss Liberty Stakes at the Meadowlands that night.

Philadelphia races begin tomorrow

Pimlico/Laurel management will begin simulcasting the full race card from Philadelphia Park at all its Maryland wagering outlets tomorrow.

"Right now, we will just simulcast Philadelphia only on Tuesday," said track operator Joe De Francis. "But [general manager] John Mooney and I will talk with Bob Green [Philadelphia president] at the TRA [Thoroughbred Racing Associations] meeting at Canada this week. We hope to work out some sort of program dTC where they will take our races and we take theirs on a reciprocal basis on more than just one day a week."

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