Trainer Garcia continues hot streak

February 13, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Argentine-born horseman Carlos Garcia is back in the headlines after a slow 1993, when stable stars such as Brilliant Brass was retired and there were few stakes horses in his barn.

But yesterday, Garcia won his third stakes in a week at Laurel Race Course, following up added-money victories by Can't Be Denied and Suspect Terrain last Sunday with the first stakes triumph yesterday by Prospective Joy.

Garcia sent out the quick 3-year-old filly to a front-running, 5 1/2 -length victory over Maryland Million winner Lady Beaumont in the $50,000 Jameela Stakes.

Jockey Rick Wilson describes the horse "as a great big filly who holds her breath sometimes when she gets nervous."

But Garcia changed the bit in the horse's mouth, and Wilson said the filly ran easily yesterday and didn't gasp for air.

Nonetheless, Garcia thinks Prospective Joy is more talented than she is showing and plans to send her to the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., for analysis.

"They can put her on a treadmill and do some tests and maybe we'll find out why she holds her breath," Garcia said.

Despite her breathing problem, Prospective Joy has won three of five starts and earned $58,620, almost four times her purchase price of $15,000. The daughter of Allen's Prospect is owned by Skeedattle Associates, a three-man partnership comprised of Bob Orndorff, Lou Rehak and Willie White, who are neighbors in Clarksville. The trio bought Prospective Joy out of the Fourbros Stable dispersal last winter at Timonium.

Garcia said he plans to run Suspect Terrain in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel on Saturday. He won the race in 1976 with Donetta and in 1978 with Bold Brat.

New Virginia commissioners

Virginia Gov. George Allen Jr. has replaced three members of the Virginia Racing Commission with new appointees.

The new members -- Ernie Oare of Warrenton, Robin Williams of Richmond and Robert Beck of Newport News -- replace outgoing commissioners Daniel Hoffler, James Sheffield and Stuart Siegel.

Allen has retained chairman John Shenefield and Arthur Arundel on the five-member board.

Oare is familiar in horse racing circles. He is a former president of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association and has operated bloodstock and equine insurance agencies. He has been operating the Oare Agency, which manages horse shows. Williams is a former show rider and is a regular follower of the Deep Run Hunt in Richmond. Beck is in the motel business.

Sprint Fest takes shape

Laurel/Pimlico vice president of racing Lenny Hale has listed nine definite starters in each of next weekend's Sprint Fest stakes.

The prospective field for the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap includes local horses Sentimentaldiamond, Mighty Rose, Mixed Appeal, Winka, Suspect Terrain, Lea Carter and Known As Nancy; Tenacious Tiffany from the Jimmy Croll barn at Gulfstream Park; and Tell Margie from the New Jersey outfit of Alan Goldberg. Possibilities include Raise Heck from the New York stable of Allen Jerkens, if the equine herpes ban is lifted, and Another Natalie from trainer John Sadler's barn at Santa Anita Park. Florida shippers Jeano and Traverse City also are possible starters.

The nine horses entered in the $200,000 General George Stakes on Feb. 21 are local runners Jest Punching, who won impressively in a prep at Laurel yesterday, Flaming Emperor, Smart Alec, last year's winner Majesty's Turn, Military Look and He Is Risen and out-of-towners Primitive Hall, Snappy Landing and Premier Angel.

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