Dove Hunt wins Laurel Futurity Favored colt is slower than winner of Selima

October 18, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

The name of the co-owner of a horse that finished second in the Laurel Futurity was omitted from an article in Monday's editions of The Sun. Robert Feezer purchased Lotsa Chile, the second-place finisher, for $6,000 and later sold 50 percent interest in the horse to Jim Magruder.

The Sun regrets the omission.

The fillies ran faster this year than the colts in the pair of big turf races for 2-year-olds at Laurel Race Course.

But the outcome of yesterday's Laurel Futurity for colts was formful -- Dove Hunt, the 2-5 favorite won easily -- and the runner-up, an obscure maiden based at Pimlico, provided a thrill for Jim Magruder, a new owner in the game.

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It took three-fifths of a second longer for Dove Hunt to complete the 1 1/16 miles on the deep grass track than it took his female counterpart, Irish Forever, to win the Selima on Saturday.

But Dove Hunt, who has won three of five career starts, might be Breeders' Cup bound.

After the race, the horse's owner, William S. Farish III, chairman of the board at Churchill Downs and an heir to the Standard Oil fortune, said that although Dove Hunt has only shown stakes ability on the turf, "it's time to expand his horizons. There are no grass stakes left, so we'll run him one more time, either in the Remsen Stakes [at Aqueduct] or the Breeders' Cup [Juvenile, at Santa Anita Nov. 6]." Both races are on the dirt.

Trainer Neil Howard seemed somewhat surprised at Farish's comments but said, "I do whatever Mr. Farish wants, as long as the horse comes back fine."

Although he ran in slow time and the runner-up, Lotsa Chile, is still a maiden, Dove Hunt, the only stakes winner in the eight-horse field, won the race "the way I wanted him to," Howard said. "I don't take anything for granted. I'm the kind of person that can run in a two-horse race and think I'm going to get beat."

Jockey Robbie Davis rated the son of champion sire Danzig in fourth place behind pacesetters Linkatariat and the John Salzman-trained entry of British Raj and Thrilla In Manila.

He asked him to run approaching the far turn, where Dove Hunt started to pick up horses. By the top of the stretch, he assumed command and won under a hand ride.

Lotsa Chile rallied from far back to finish second. He is the first horse purchased Magruder, of Glenelg, who named his KNK Stable after his three daughters, Kim, Nicole and Kelly. The horse cost $6,000 and came out of the same Fasig-Tipton Co. auction at Timonium where trainer Billy Boniface purchased the Selima winner for $8,500 for Roger and Jackie Schipke.

Edgar Prado, aboard Thrilla In Manila, claimed foul against Mark Johnston on Linkatariat, who finished third. Prado alleged interference approaching the far turn. The stewards agreed and moved Thrilla In Manila up to third from fourth place.

The Futurity score was Davis' second victory in a Laurel Turf Festival stakes. He won the Washington D.C. International in 1986 on Lieutenant's Lark, a half-brother to Dove Hunt.

Farish, who bred 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall (trained by Howard), said it was his first major win at Laurel.

As head of Churchill Downs, he is competing against the Maryland Jockey Club to gain the license to build a track in Virginia.

Yesterday Farish said he is concerned if Northern Virginia voters in Alexandria and Arlington turn down potential off-track betting sites in a Nov. 3 referendum. "We will still pursue the license," Farish said, "but it's going to change the numbers."

When asked if he'd consider a joint venture in Virginia with Laurel/Pimlico, he didn't discount it. "A lot of talking is going on," Farish said. "Amendments aren't due [in the licensing procedure] until Jan. 3. There is a lot of sparring going on, but we're all good friends."

NOTES: Ed Wachtel's Square Cut will scratch out of a race today at Belmont Park and run instead in Sunday's Laurel Turf Cup. "We debated all day today [yesterday] about what to do," said trainer Joe Devereux. "The Turf Cup is a tougher race, but it does have a $200,000 purse." . . . Square Cut is one of three mounts that Laurel's leading jockey, Prado, will have in the remainder of the Turf Festival races. He rides Bezelle in the Dash and will choose between Mz. Zill Bear and Logan's Mist in the All Along Stakes. Prado has no mount in the International mile. . . . Laurel goes to a 12:30 p.m. post time Wednesday for simulcasts only and on Thursday for live racing.

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