Meyerhoff's 'Gains' rallies at Laurel

March 27, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Horses owned and bred by Robert Meyerhoff continued their domination of Maryland stakes events yesterday when Broad Gains rallied from last place and won the $109,600 Snow Goose Handicap at Laurel Race Course.

The 4-year-old filly was pinched back near the half-mile pole -- but split rivals in mid-stretch after a ground-saving ride by Clarence "Jo Jo" Ladner -- and caught front-runner Buffels in the final sixteenth of a mile. New York invader Avie's Daisy was third.

Meanwhile, Meyerhoff's 1993 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, Valley Crossing, was running almost simultaneously at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The horse, absent from the races since November, finished second, beaten by a nose by Loblolly Stable's Dalhart in a $40,000 allowance race. Valley Crossing used the race as a prep for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 16.

Since Jan. 1, Meyerhoff has won five Laurel stakes, more than any other Maryland owner. Broad Gains and Looming have each won two stakes and Fleet Broad, another Meyerhoff filly, won the Conniver Stakes. For the first time, Meyerhoff sent a division of his stable to Oaklawn Park for the winter. He has won one stakes there with Sticks And Bricks.

Meyerhoff's wife, Jane, said that despite the stable's success, she and her husband have been traveling in New York and California and had not been to the races this year until they saw Broad Gains win yesterday.

"However, the horses seem to be doing alright without us," she said. "Of course, my husband spends a couple hours each day talking on the phone with our trainer, Dick Small."

This Saturday, the Meyerhoff 3-year-olds run in stakes on two fronts. Looming vies for favoritism with Run Alden in the $50,000 Private Terms Stakes at Pimlico. At Oaklawn, Meyerhoff's Concern is expected to start in the $125,000 Rebel Stakes.

Elsewhere yesterday, Maryland-based or -owned horses turned in disappointing stakes performances.

Popol's Gold, the Billy Turner-trained 3-year-old, was sent off the 2-1 second choice in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, but finished fifth. Pimlico-based Mr. Meadow briefly made the lead, but faded to 10th.

Mike Luzzi, who rode Popol's Gold, said the horse "just wasn't into running. I had to ride him aggressively the whole way. Maybe the race can be tossed out as just not being his day."

At Oaklawn Park, Maryland-owned Greatsilverfleet finished fifth as the second choice in the $150,000 Razorback Handicap. Third choice Prize Fight won the race by 2 1/2 lengths over favored Brother Brown.

"The outside post [No. 8 in the eight-horse field] really hurt us," said Dale Capuano, trainer of Greatsilverfleet. "The boy had to send from the gate to get any kind of position. My horse got stirred up and, after that, never did relax."

Laurel's winter meet ends tomorrow. On Tuesday, live racing shifts to Pimlico for a 60-day spring meet.

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