Bad Boy Willy is second to one

December 03, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Bad Boy Willy has a distinction among the approximately 2,000 thoroughbreds stabled at Maryland tracks -- he earns his keep by not winning races.

Yesterday the 3-year-old colt, who has yet to win in 21 starts, finished second -- for the 11th time this year.

In doing so, he has earned $42,450, about double the estimated annual cost of keeping a thoroughbred in training. Nellie Cox, of Goochland, Va., who owns the horse in partnership with William Collins, isn't complaining. She hit the exacta in the seventh race yesterday when Bad Boy Willy, the favorite, was beaten by a neck by 51.80-1 long shot Lullbeforethestorm. A $2 wager was worth $290.40.

Omar Klinger, who was riding Bad Boy Willy for the first time, said, "I don't understand this horse. He didn't get tired at all. He just waits for another horse to come to him. When the other horse [Lullbeforethestorm] passed him, he fought back and passed him. But then he waited and let him pass him again [at the wire]."

But even if Bad Boy Willy, who has the reputation around trainer Rob Bailes' barn as having an ornery streak, had won, he might have kept his winless record intact.

Daily Racing Form chart writer Bill Brasaemle noted in his race summary that Bad Boy Willy bumped Lullbeforethestorm before

the wire. Even if he had won, Bad Boy Willy would probably have been disqualified.

Another Meyerhoff winner

Looming, a Robert Meyerhoff owned-and-bred 2-year-old son of Broad Brush, earned a berth in the Dec. 11 Maryland Juvenile Championship yesterday when he swung wide at the top of the stretch and rallied to beat stakes winner Natural Fact by a half length in a $20,000 overnight allowance race at Laurel.

But jockey Andrea Seefeldt and trainer Dick Small received a bit of scare when Seefeldt was pulling the horse up on the backside. Looming stumbled and fell, unseating Seefeldt. Seefeldt remounted Looming after he was caught by an outrider and then galloped him back to the winner's circle. Neither the horse nor rider appeared to be injured.

Small is expected to run all three of Meyerhoff's Broad Brush 2-year-old colts -- Barge In and Concern as well as Looming, if he is OK after yesterday's fall -- in the $125,000 state-bred race.

Wilson is Florida-bound

Rick Wilson, who won the Laurel feature yesterday with 6-5 favorite Winka, will continue to ride at Laurel for another month. Then he'll spend the winter competing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.

Wilson will return as first-call rider for the Bennie Perkins string, which includes stakes winners such as Storm Tower, Sacred Honour, Shapely Scrapper and Pagofire.

Wilson hurt his shoulder in a training gate mishap in July at Monmouth Park. It took a couple of months for him to recover. "Bennie sent most of the horses to the farm after Monmouth and told me just to ride in Maryland this fall," Wilson said. "Now he's got the horses in Florida, and I'll hook up with him after Christmas, about the time that Gulfstream opens on Jan. 4."

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