After turnpike breeze, horse can't beat Aqueduct traffic

December 22, 1993|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- Cox's Sword got caught in traffic again on Monday, but at least this time he was running among horses and not automobiles.

For the first time since he escaped from the Belmont Park training track and sped westbound on the Hempstead Turnpike nearly two weeks ago -- a trek that covered two miles and took him into two counties -- Cox's Sword returned to safer racing at Aqueduct, finishing third in the third race at the track.

"I liked him better when he was racing on highways," said Howie Tesher, the trainer of the 2-year-old gelding. "He came back sound, and I didn't lose any money."

Cox's Sword, an 8-1 shot ridden by Carlos Bisono, was last as the 12-horse field turned for home, but moved up down the stretch to finish behind No Atoll at All ($14.80, $7.60 and $3 for $2 across the board) and Sea Gazer ($9 and $5). Cox's Sword returned $5 to show.

"With his experience, he should have been able to beat all that traffic," Tesher said with a sigh. "Oh well, there's always the New York City Marathon."

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