Run Alden goes distance in Stryker

March 20, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Run Alden took a step toward a possible start in the May 21 Preakness yesterday when he demonstrated his quality against Maryland-breds and won the Goss L. Stryker Stakes at Laurel Race Course by seven lengths over Invincible Sue.

"The race was self-explanatory," said jockey Allen Stacy. "Jerry [Robb, the trainer] told me he'd win, and he did." Said Robb: "I think Allen was impressed. He looked bug-eyed afterwards."

The horse immediately took the lead, relaxed, opened up when horses came to him on the turn and drew off in the stretch of the seven-furlong race. He was sent off the 3-5 favorite and created a $16,781.62 minus show pool at the betting windows.

After the race, owner Hal C.B. Clagett said: "Don't say we're looking too high if we aim him for the Preakness. He will be in familiar territory. Other local horses have tried it and won."

Meanwhile, two other 3-year-olds with Maryland connections fared less well although they were running in open company for higher purses.

Can't Be Denied, based at Laurel with trainer Carlos Garcia, suffered his first career defeat when he finished fourth, beaten about four lengths, in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

However, the horse had a legitimate excuse. Jockey Rick Wilson said Can't Be Denied "tore his bandages during the race and opened a quarter crack on his right front foot. He broke a step slow. But it [the quarter crack] didn't start bothering him until the three-eighths pole. Up to then, he was dragging me to them."

In Oklahoma City, Robert Meyerhoff's Maryland-bred Concern finished third under Andrea Seefeldt in the $100,000 Great West Stakes at Remington Park. The 3-5 favorite, Silver Goblin, won the race by 10 1/2 lengths and is the likely heavy favorite for the $300,000 Remington Park Derby on April 9.

"He [Concern] ran a good race and I was pretty pleased with his effort," said trainer Dick Small. "I don't know where we're going to go next with him. We've got several options. I know one thing, though. I don't think I want to run him against Silver Goblin again."

Small and Seefeldt teamed up in the next Remington race and won the $75,500 Centennial Handicap with Althea Johnson's Punch Line.

On Tuesday, Small runs Meyerhoff's Looming in a $30,000 open 3-year-old race against five other horses, including Sondra Bender's Dixie Power, the half brother to state-bred champion Secret Odds. Seefeldt is expected to fly in from Oaklawn Park to ride Looming. The race is a prep for the April 2 Private Terms Stakes, the next scheduled start for Run Alden.

NOTES: Apprentice Wilfred Lozano Jr. was taken to Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital last night after he was involved in a two-horse spill in Laurel's 11th race. Lozano complained of injuries to his right tibia and left hip. Lozano's mount, Heaven's A Dream, fell near the half-mile pole. Frank Douglas on Stage Baby somersaulted over the fallen horse, but neither Douglas nor the horse was seriously injured. . . . Laurel/Pimlico oddsmaker and placing judge Eric Johnston is leaving the Maryland tracks to become stakes coordinator for Sam Houston Park. The Houston track opens April 29. . . . Dale Capuano has shipped 10 horses back to Maryland from Oaklawn Park, including state-bred stakes winner, Foxie G. Capuano runs his good 3-year-old, Honorable Flight, today in the Second Pleasure Stakes at Oaklawn.

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