Pino goes 1st class into elite group


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

Three times Mario Pino shook his whip past the finish of the Politely Stakes yesterday and yelled, "Yes. Yes. Yes."

The usually calm jockey had just won his 3,000th-career victory, not in a $6,500 claimer at Laurel Race Course, but in a class event, a $50,000 stakes.

Making uncustomary use of the whip, he first hit the filly Simoom left-handed nearly 10 times in the stretch, switched sticks near the wire, and with one final right-hand crack of the whip, surged past 1-2 favorite Prospective Joy and won by a length.

It was the first stakes win for Simoom, who had just recently broken her maiden and was sent off at generous 5-1 odds.

Pino's wife, Cristina, who was there with their two young daughters, Danielle and Victoria, said "he rode like it was the last race of his life. He kept pushing and hitting and showed all of his emotion. It's unbelievable the way it unfolded, almost like a fairy tale."

Instrumental to Pino's 3,000th win was "a contribution by my own family," she added. "My dad was a steppingstone."

Prior to the Politely, Pino had ridden seven races, posting his 2,999th career victory in the sixth race aboard All Gale. The horse is trained by Pino's father-in-law, Luigi Gino.

"It worked out perfect," Pino said. "I was hoping to get it done today, but I was getting a little worried. I was riding all day and only had the one winner. Then I had to hook Prospective Joy in the stakes. I thought I'd never catch her if she gets to the front and explodes."

So Pino decided to send Simoom into contention earlier in the race than usual. He rushed her close to the front-running favorite on the backside and then pressed her around the turn. "I kept laying on her, trying to get by," Pino said. "I used my filly good around the turn, but I wanted to be in the right spot in case Prospective Joy got late [tired]."

The favorite finally surrendered in the final sixteenth of a mile. Simoom ran the seven furlongs in 1 minute, 25 2/5 seconds.

Simoom's trainer, Charlie Hadry, said he used Pino after Rick Wilson, who had broken the filly's maiden, opted to ride Prospective Joy.

Hadry not only credited Pino with the upset, but also said "the [first time] Lasix didn't hurt her any, either."

Wilson said he was "just outrun" by the other horse.

Simoom's owners, commercial breeders Ron and Carolyn Green Green Willow Farm near Westminster, had attempted to sell the filly as a yearling at the Kentucky sales in 1992. But the bidding only reached $13,000 and the Greens took her home.

"She throws out one foot kind of funny when she moves," Carolyn Green said. "That scared off the buyers. She can't walk. But she sure can run."

Simoom is the fifth foal of the Green's multiple-stakes winning homebred mare, Given.

Scanlan abandons Pa.

Trainer John Scanlan and his principal patron, owner Daniel Borislow, have moved their entire outfit of about 30 horses to Laurel from Philadelphia Park and plan to make Maryland a permanent home.

Scanlan said Borislow recently purchased Herman Braude's 57-acre Ten Oaks Farm near Clarksville and plans to make it a major rest and rehabilitation center for his racing string.

Scanlan said he had been at Philadelphia Park for 19 years. "But the racing there has deteriorated," he said. "They didn't take care of the track this winter. Purses have been cut and management is just doing a bad job."

Scanlan said many of his horses have improved simply by training over the Laurel strip, which he said is in excellent shape.

"I think I'm the first to leave a sinking ship in Philadelphia," Scanlan said. "But others will follow."

Laurel/Pimlico vice president of racing Lenny Hale said that Bob Camac, who had a string at Laurel a couple of years ago and then shipped back to Philadelphia, is returning to Maryland this spring.

Hale also said that Canadian trainer Roger Attfield is increasing the size of his Maryland stable this year and plans to send 25 horses to Pimlico for spring and summer racing.

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