2 Million winners come up losers

January 02, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

A pair of Maryland Million winners went down to defeat yesterday in their first starts as 3-year-olds.

A fleet New Jersey invader, Pleasant Dilemma, out-sprinted 1993 Maryland Million Lassie winner, Lady Beaumont, in the $54,450 Marshua Stakes at Laurel Race Course, beating her by 2 1/2 lengths under a vigorous ride by Mario Pino.

In the previous race, the $26,725 Ambernash Stakes, Run Alden, the likely champion among state-bred juvenile colts and winner of the 1993 Maryland Million Nursery, fell victim to the swift stretch acceleration of a former claimer named Foxie G.

The 3-year-old Horatius gelding came from last place under Larry Reynolds, circled the field and pulled away to defeat Run Alden by 6 3/4 lengths.

The horse, purchased privately by Phil Capuano as a yearling for $2,000 from Bowie trainer Darryl Gray, had shown so little before his first start that he ran for a $13,500 tag and then won his next start by 16 lengths for an $11,500 tag.

The Ambernash, named for the former Maryland stallion that died in 1988 at age 26, was not run without incident.

Foxie G. bumped Short Man coming out of the gate and then caused Run Alden to check at the top of the stretch.

Jerry Robb, Run Alden's trainer, put "a hold" on the race immediately after the field crossed the wire and Greg Hutton, the horse's jockey, claimed foul against Reynolds for alleged interference. But the stewards disallowed the claim.

"They wanted to know who put the claim in," said Robb, who has had his share of run-ins with the stewards. "I told them, what difference does it make?"

Hal C. B. Clagett, owner of Run Alden, thought it was a case of "clear interference," but Robb said it's unlikely Clagett will file an appeal with the Maryland Racing Commission. Clagett leaves today for a two-week business and pleasure trip to Africa.

Unlike the rough run Ambernash Stakes, Pleasant Dilemma had clear sailing in the Marshua.

Lady Beaumont tried to get by the front-runner, but Pleasant Dilemma led from start to finish.

Virginia news

Toledo Raceway co-owner Arnold Stansley is expected to sign an agreement with Laurel/Pimlico operator Joe De Francis today to allow the Maryland Jockey Club to manage all thoroughbred racing at Stansley's proposed track in New Kent County, Va., should Stansley be granted the license to build the first pari-mutuel track in the state.

De Francis is vying with Stansley, a harness operator, and four other applicants for the license. De Francis at first planned to build his proposed track, Patriot Park, at the same site as Stansley, but is now likely to select one in Loudoun County, Va.

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