'Flight' lands in winner's circle

PIMLICO NOTEBOOK

May 08, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

No Preakness contenders emerged from yesterday's $75,000 Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico, but the winner and the runner-up appear destined to vie for bigger stakes.

Trainer Dale Capuano ruled out a Preakness try for Honorable Flight, who laid off an honest pace and took the lead at the head of the stretch for a 1 1/2 -length victory.

Capuano said "we're getting him ready for the Jersey Derby" after the C & T Stable colt avenged his fourth-place finish in the Federico Tesio Stakes April 23.

Takeitlikeaman, who rallied strongly to finish second, is probably headed for the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

"I think he needs a mile and a half," said trainer John Myers in an obvious reference to the Belmont. "He just ran out of room today."

Tesio winner Silver Profile, fifth yesterday in the 1 1/16-mile event on the turf, likewise will skip the Preakness.

"We won't run in the Preakness, nor on turf," said trainer Vinnie Blengs after trying the gray colt off the main track for the first time.

The grass course was rated firm despite persistent rainfall and New York invader Gash, running on Lasix for the first time, was made the betting favorite.

But after running in contention for six furlongs, Gash encountered all kinds of trouble, made contact with the rail near the eighth pole and fell back.

Meanwhile, Larry Reynolds rated Honorable Flight smoothly and picked up the pacesetters as they turned for home. Electric Image, a long shot carrying Edgar Prado, held on gamely for third.

Honorable Flight earned $45,000 for the victory, taking his lifetime earnings above $120,000.

Trainer Wolfendale suspended

Trainer Howard Wolfendale has been suspended for 30 days and veterinarian Dr. Christopher Melluso has been fined $250 after One For The Pilot tested positive for butorphanol, a tranquilizer and pain reliever, after a victory April 22.

Wolfendale will begin the first 15 days of his penalty today. The other 15 will be suspended unless he incures another medication violation within a year.

A trainer is ultimately accountable for drug violations involving a horse, hence the stewards levied the suspension against Wolfendale although Melluso had advised the trainer that the horse could be treated with butorphanol 24 hours before a race and not test positive.

Miscellaneous

The Maryland network, including Pimlico, Laurel, Rosecroft and the OTB outlets, wagered $713,499 on the Kentucky Derby, the lowest total in six years. Total handle, including the co-mingled pools, in Maryland was $4,699,784. . . . Silver Goblin is the first Preakness horse to bed down in Barn E at Pimlico. The Oklahoma-bred will be trying to become only the fourth gray to win the Preakness. Spectacular Bid in 1979 was the last. . . . Gala Spinaway, who has career earnings of $691,000, has been retired because of cartilage problems in the left front foot. . . . Today's feature, the $50,000 Jacob France Stakes, has drawn a field of seven older fillies and mares, including the tough Israel Cohen entry of Mighty Rose and Mixed Appeal.

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