Designated racer Pino wins Primonetta

April 17, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Mario Pino took advantage of a new designated-race rule available to suspended jockeys and brought home the winner of the $54,725 Primonetta Stakes yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.

The ride on the 4-year-old filly, Lea Carter, which lasted little more than a minute, netted Pino $3,283.

The 32-year-old jockey was suspended for seven days last week for causing interference in a race at Pimlico on April 10. At the time, he was the meet's leading rider.

Pino, whose suspension started last Wednesday and initially ran through Tuesday, normally would have missed the mount on Lea Carter. But under the designated-race rule, which took effect in Maryland this year, suspended jockeys can compete in a race worth $50,000 or more during a suspension if they then add an extra day to the original penalty. The jockeys can compete in only the one race on the card, which is what Pino did yesterday. Pino is now suspended through Wednesday and can begin riding again on Thursday.

Jockeys' Guild representative Jimmy Edwards said the rule has been instituted in about 20 states to prevent jockeys from appealing suspensions so that they won't miss an important ride in a stakes race.

Pino said that Billy Turner, trainer of Lea Carter, told him before yesterday's race "that the filly is as good as she's ever been. So I rode her with a lot of confidence."

Barbara Fritchie Handicap winner, Mixed Appeal, who had won the Primonetta last year, failed to show her usual zip from the gate. Instead Harriet and David Finkelstein's Code Blum, who had not raced since last summer, went to the front and was stalked outside by Lea Carter. Lea Carter assumed command in the stretch and drew off to a 2 1/2 -length victory over Mixed Appeal, who rallied from fourth place. Code Blum lasted for third.

The winning horse is owned by Milton Ritzenberg of Middleburg, Va.

Boniface, Rocco go abroad

Two Maryland horsemen -- one a trainer, the other a jockey -- are set to race overseas in the next few weeks.

Harford County trainer Billy Boniface will ship Roger and Jacqueline Schipke's 3-year-old filly, Irish Forever, to England on April 25 to race in the English 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket Race Course on April 28.

Boniface has lined up English jockey, Alan Munro, to ride the horse in the British classic. Irish Forever won the Selima Stakes at Laurel Race Course last fall.

Joe Rocco, the jockey who returned to riding after being sidelined for about five months with an injury, is going to ride in Saudi Arabia for five days at the end of the month.

Rocco will ride two Maryland horses, Green Eyes and Quality Ruler, who were recently purchased by a Saudi Arabian sheik to run in the Middle East.

The horses formerly were trained at the Bowie Training Center by Donald Barr.

Miscellaneous

Jockey Frank Douglas starred on yesterday's Pimlico program, riding three winners. . . . The sixth race's winning jockey Jeff Carle made 17 owners happy. That's how many people are involved in the Flag Stable, Inc., syndicate that owns the 3-year-old winning filly Nizon's Secret. . . . Donnie Miller Jr. was aboard Run Alden at Bowie last week when he worked six furlongs in 1 minute, 12 seconds. Run Alden takes on Looming again on Saturday in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico. . . . Timonium Race Course could open as a permanent year-round simulcast center this summer once Gov. William Donald Schaefer signs legislation permitting it.

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