Meyerhoff better off at home

March 14, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Robert Meyerhoff fared better in Maryland stakes yesterday than he did in Arkansas.

His 4-year-old filly, Fleet Broad, ran down a tough field of older Maryland-bred fillies and mares at Laurel Race Course and won the $60,000 Conniver Stakes by a neck over Buffels.

Half a continent away at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Meyerhoff's Sticks And Bricks couldn't get untracked on a speed-favoring surface and finished last in the $45,900 Barbizon Streak Stakes.

Fleet Broad joined Looming, Broad Gains and Sticks And Bricks, who had won the King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn, to become Meyerhoff's fourth 1994 black-type winner.

"I was last going into the stretch and just looking for a hole to open up," said Fleet Broad's jockey, Steve Hamilton. "Fortunately, someone moved over and I got through." Fleet Broad rallied on the inside and finished in a photo finish with Buffels, who had made her late bid on the outside.

Known As Nancy showed that her recent second-place finish in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap had not been a fluke. She hung on best of the front-runners after stalking the surprising pacesetter, Winka, for most of the race and ended up third.

Meyerhoff's trainer Dick Small, who is wintering at Oaklawn with about a half dozen Meyerhoff horses, said Fleet Broad, who never had won a stakes, "thrives on a lot of training like her sire, Broad Brush. She is as big and strong as a colt."

He credited his Pimlico assistant, Brenda Jordan, who is in charge of the Meyerhoff Maryland division, with doing an excellent job in training the filly.

Small said in the next couple of weeks, five Meyerhoff horses will be running in these divisions:

* Older horses: Maryland's 1993 Horse of the Year Valley Crossing worked a slow mile in company with the 3-year-old Concern at Oaklawn yesterday and is on schedule to make his first 1994 start in the $150,000 Grade II Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn on March 26.

* Older fillies and mares: Now that Fleet Broad has cracked the stakes barrier, she and Broad Gains could go in the $100,000-added Snow Goose Handicap at Laurel on March 26. However, Broad Gains might run instead at Aqueduct.

Tennis Lady, Meyerhoff's champion state-bred 3-year-old filly last year, didn't acclimate to Oaklawn and is being sent today for a freshener at Small's Camden, S.C., training center.

* 3-year-olds: Looming will stay in Maryland and run in Laurel/Pimlico's coming three-race series, which includes an open $30,000 race for 3-year-olds on Sunday, the Private Terms Stakes April 2 and the Federico Tesio Stakes on April 23.

Concern runs Saturday in the $100,000 Great West Stakes at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

Private High has been gelded at Camden, S.C., and is ready to ship back to Maryland and resume racing.

Barge In is up to working five-eighths of a mile at Oaklawn Park. "We're in no hurry with him," Small said.

Popol's Gold headed for Gotham

Laurel-based Popol's Gold, who finished a fast-closing third on Saturday in the Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct, will run next in the Gotham Mile at Aqueduct on March 26, according to his trainer, Billy Turner.

The 6-furlong Bay Shore was too short for the horse "and he was giving 9 pounds to the winner [Prank Call]," Turner said.


Local Triple Crown nominee Can't Be Denied worked five furlongs in a minute at Laurel yesterday and leaves this morning for Turfway Park. He starts Saturday in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial. . . . Donnie Miller Jr. finished third at Oaklawn in the Barbizon Streak Stakes yesterday aboard Anjiz.

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