Alywow romps in Lady Dean

May 01, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Roger Attfield couldn't find the necessary action in Canada, so off he went to Maryland.

The change of venue began to pay immediate dividends yesterday for the top Canadian trainer when Alywow roared through the stretch to a 3 3/4 -length victory in the $50,000-added Lady Dean Stakes on the turf at Pimlico.

It was the first start by an Attfield-trained horse at the current meeting and perhaps a harbinger of wins to come. Attfield has a sizable division on the grounds, most of them grass runners.

"I just arrived from Kentucky, and what a way to start off," Attfield said. "I had a small stable here last year, but this year there is no turf racing in Canada [Woodbine] until the fall.

"So I brought most of my turf horses and some others here, and I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time in Maryland this


Alywow, the daughter of Alysheba, had been off since October, but the layoff didn't affect her stamina. Eighth after six furlongs in the 1 1/16-mile test, she responded to jockey Mario Pino's urging and came flying on the outside.

"She didn't make her move until I pulled the trigger. Then she exploded," Pino said.

Alywow remained unbeaten in three outings on the grass and is 4-for-7 lifetime with no finish worse than third.

The favorite in the 10-horse field, Lady Ellen, balked at the starting gate and broke through, prompting jockey Edgar Prado to reason that the incident "could have hurt her. The horse got cut up a little bit going in."

Trainer Vinnie Blengs said Lady Ellen probably will require stitches.

Another closer, Night Fax, rallied from last to take second by three lengths over Premier Mombo in her initial try on the turf.

"I saved ground on the turn, but couldn't get through in the stretch and had to go wide," said Night Fax' rider Kenneth Skinner.

"I don't know whether I would have won, but you can never tell. When you come off the rail on the turf, it costs you."

NOTES: Pistols and Roses is scheduled to leave Kentucky today en route to Pimlico for the $600,000 Pimlico Special May 14. Third last year in the Special, Pistols and Roses has earned more than $1.6 million. Other probable starters are defending champ Devil His Due, Myrakulu, Wallenda, Bull inthe Heather, local favorite Valley Crossing and Colonial Affair. But Miner's Mark will bypass the Special after an unimpressive fifth in the Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct. . . . Former Maryland-based jockey Tommy Turner has switched his tack to the new Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.

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