Cohen's Mighty Rose wins her first stakes

January 09, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

A prominent horse owner, Israel Cohen, and a little-known jockey, Omar Klinger, teamed up and won the $54,175 Francis Scott Key Stakes yesterday at Laurel Race Course, giving the lightly raced Mighty Rose her first stakes win.

Cohen's multiple stakes-winning mare, Mixed Appeal, helped out her stretch-running stablemate by setting fairly quick early fractions.

Runner-up Silver Tango got up in time to beat Mixed Appeal, but then succumbed to Mighty Rose's late bid. The 6-year-old mare, whose career had been interrupted by an ankle injury, gave Klinger his first added-money win in Maryland.

Silver Tango, owned by Phil and Constance Capuano, leaves this week for a winter campaign at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. They are switching trainers for the winter, taking her from son, Gary, and giving her to older son, Dale, who is taking his stable to Arkansas. But Gary picks up One Tuff Oop, being left behind by Dale.

Track buyout deadline near

With a Jan. 21 deadline looming for buying out or selling to partners, Tom and Bob Manfuso, Laurel/Pimlico track operator Joe De Francis is still mum on his plans.

A source close to the negotiations said yesterday that GTECH Corp., horse owner Arnold Heft and Toledo Raceway co-owner, Arnold Stansley, are still interested "in varying degrees" in investing in the tracks, but none wants to be De Francis' sole buyout partner.

Concern over harness tracks

A large contingent of the state's harness horsemen is meeting this weekend in Ocean City at the annual conference of Cloverleaf, the organization that represents Maryland's Standardbred owners and trainers.

Total bets in the state during 1993 amounted to $129 million or about a third of what was wagered ($397 million) on thoroughbreds.

The amount reflected a $25 million increase over 1992.

"But the industry is in flux because of the uncertainty of the ownership of Rosecroft and Delmarva," said Charles Lockhart, Cloverleaf's executive director.

The tracks' owner, Fred Weisman, who is in his 80s, is seriously ill and put the tracks up for sale last summer.

Honorees from last night's Cloverleaf awards banquet included:

* Rosecroft Horse of the Year: Prince Lee Cam, an 8-year-old pacer owned and trained by Greg Trotto of Fort Washington. The horse won 12 Rosecroft races last year.

* Delmarva Horse of the Year: Believe This Gal, a 3-year-old filly pacer owned and trained by Robert Larrimore of Felton, Del. She won the Seashore Series and Miss Ocean City early closer.

Top pacers, by age group, followed by owners:

(2 year-old colt) Margie's Tyler, Ruth Dudley.

(2 year-old filly) Lovin Yankee, E. Bittle, C.E. IV and C.E. III Keller.

(3 year-old colt) Night's Journey, Dean Nachtigall.

(3 year-old filly) Cindy Square, William Leager and Bernard Fink.

(Aged pacer) Prince Lee Cam, Greg Trotto.

Top trotters, by age group, followed by owners:

(2 year-old colt) DT Star, Donald Trivits.

(2 year-old filly) Windy Tuned, Charles Williams.

(3 year-old colt) S J's Photo, Three Continent Stable.

(3 year-old filly) Happy Sunbird, D.H. Hallgren, D.S. Pilkerton and partners.

(Aged trotter) French Warrior N, Dale and D.E. Milby and J. Tarmon.

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