Md. Million not in plans of 2 retiring ex-champs HORSE RACING

September 30, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Two former Maryland-bred champions -- Little Bold John and Timely Warning -- who were being prepared to run in the eighth Maryland Million at Laurel Race Course on Oct. 9, have been retired.

Jerry Robb, owner-trainer of Little Bold John, said he had entered the 11-year-old gelding in six different races in the past couple of weeks. Robb had wanted the horse to have a prep race, but none of the races was run because of lack of entries.

The plan was to start "LBJ" for a $14,500 claiming tag so he would be eligible for the Maryland Million Starter Race.

"Since that didn't work out, I'm just going to go ahead and retire him," Robb said.

Timely Warning, two-time winner of the Maryland Million Classic and runner-up by a head last year to Reputed Testamony, hasn't displayed his old winning form this year. He finished a well-beaten fifth in a Maryland Million prep last week at Pimlico Race Course.

His trainer, Virgil "Buddy" Raines, said that instead of running him in claimers, "we're just going to make him into a show horse."

Little Bold John retires as the third leading Maryland-bred money-winner of all time, behind Broad Brush and Safely Kept. In his nine-year career, he made 105 starts and won 38 races, including 26 stakes, earning $1,956,405. His most important victory came in the Grade II Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

Timely Warning, winner of the Grade I Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct, made 79 starts, won 14 races and earned $849,546 for his owner-breeder, Anderson Fowler of Far Hills, N.J.

Preliminary entries for the 12-race Maryland Million card are being taken today at the Pimlico racing office.

Entry deadline is midnight.

Mailed entries with a Sept. 30 postmark will be accepted.

But coordinator Cricket Goodall said officials prefer them to be phoned in at Pimlico (410) 542-9400 or delivered in person. Entries for the Maryland Million Steeplechase are taken at the National Steeplechase Association office in Fair Hill.

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