Whip-less, Delahoussaye is a winner BREEDERS' CUP

November 07, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Call it a memorable moment in sports.

But when Eddie Delahoussaye dropped his whip and then slapped Hollywood Wildcat on the neck with his hand just a few feet from the wire during a torrid stretch drive against Chris McCarron on Paseana in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, it was a scene to remember.

"Eddie, I see you're missing something," former Maryland jockey Gregg McCarron, serving as a television commentator, said to Delahoussaye after the rider pulled his horse up.

"If I lost that race, I'd never forgive myself," he said.

Later Delahoussaye joked with reporters: "I dropped the whip because I knew I had it won."

To winning trainer Neil Drysdale, it made no difference. "I have tremendous faith in Delahoussaye," he said. "He doesn't need a whip."

Hollywood Wildcat held on by a nose and probably earned divisional honors over previously unbeaten East Coast 3-year-old filly Sky Beauty, who finished fifth.

By finishing second, Paseana earned $200,000. It cost her owner, diet guru Jenny Craig, $120,000 to supplement the mare to the race since she was not originally nominated as a young horse.

California, here we come

Call it the home-court advantage.

But after the first three races, there were three California winners.

Delahoussaye won two of the first three races, coming from off the pace in the Sprint on Cardmania to catch front-runner Meafara. He later won the Distaff on Hollywood Wildcat. The two wins gave Delahoussaye seven total Breeders' Cup victories.

Laffit Pincay Jr. has also won seven Breeders' Cup races. He rode California-based Phone Chatter to a head victory over speed filly Sardula in the Juvenile Fillies.

Delahoussaye and Pincay lead all jockeys in number of Breeders' Cup wins.

The California streak was halted when New York-based Lure won the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Safety team: a winner

Veterinarian George Mundy flashed a thumbs up.

Track superintendent Steve Wood broke into a grin a mile wide.

That was the reaction at Clocker's Corner as soon as all 14 horses returned sound and were unsaddled after the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"Everybody's butt was in the wringer on this one," Mundy, who is coordinating the veterinary team responsible for the safety of the horses, said.

The Sprint was the scene last year of the breakdown and eventual destruction of European runner Mr. Brooks, and on previous occasions it contributed to three other equine deaths.

"The track is fair. The speed is holding up, but horses are also running well from off the pace," Mundy said.

Selection committee member Lenny Hale, from Laurel/Pimlico, who spoke up to allow Gilded Time into the Sprint after the horse had a year off, was also elated. The horse ran extremely well, finishing third, just neck and a half-length behind winner Cardmania and pace-setting runner-up Meafara, who was also second last year.

Said Chris McCarron, rider of Gilded Time, to trainer Darrell Vienna: "Your're the greatest." It was the right decision, no doubt about it. He ran great. He ran his eyeballs out."

The vet team started the day by scratching Peteski out of the Breeders' Cup Classic.

The vet inspection team arrived at trainer Roger Attfield's barn at a.m., a half-hour before Attfield. There was filling in the horse's right ankle.

"He was unsuitable for racing," Mundy said. Attfield agreed, and the horse was mutually scratched by the veterinarians and Attfield.

The International milers

Fourstars Allstar hated the soft turf two weeks ago at Laurel when he finished last in the Washington D.C. International Mile.

But the horse and trainer Leo O'Brien were somewhat vindicated yesterday when the 5-year-old runner finished third behind Lure and Ski Paradise in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Buckhar, the International winner, was pinched in by a crush of horses going into the first turn and almost fell. He ended up last.

Marylanders shut out

Bill Berkshire, one of 16 members of the Team Valor syndicate that owns Demaloot Demashoot, came the closest to a win by any Maryland connections.

Demaloot Demashoot stalked Meafara in the Sprint, then ended up fifth.

Berkshire, who lives in Crofton, owns the Crofton Country Club ++ and runs horses in Maryland under the name of Lancer Stables.

Now Listen, outrun early in the Sprint, finished seventh. The horse was recently purchased by a five-person group that includes Marylanders Lehr Jackson, Herb Moelis and Allaire duPont.

Howard and Sondra Bender were in the paddock for the Juvenile Fillies race. Their home-bred Rhapsodic, whom they sold as a yearling, finished sixth in the stakes.

How Kent got Kotashaan

Gene Short, agent for Kent Desormeaux, attended the Breeders' Cup yesterday even though he had the flu.

He recalled that Desormeaux started riding Turf winner Kotashaan for trainer Dick Mandella two years ago.

"But then Kent got suspended and Chris McCarron began riding the horse," Short said. "Chris had him for about a year, then took off him one day to ride another horse. That's when we got back on Kotashaan."

The horse gave Desormeaux his first Breeders' Cup victory yesterday in the Turf.

"He's a magnificent animal," Desormeaux said. "He's meant everything to me this year."

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