Eight to vie in Special at Pimlico

May 09, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Defending champion Devil His Due heads a field of eight older horses expected Saturday for the seventh modern running of the $600,000 Pimlico Special.

Devil His Due is expected to be top-weighted at 121 pounds in the Grade I event after the defections of Arcangues and Colonial Affair.

A career earner of $2.8 million, Devil His Due was second to The Wicked North in his most recent start, the Oaklawn Handicap.

Pistols and Roses, third in last year's Special, will carry only 115 pounds. He won the Donn Handicap in which Devil His Due ran seventh.

Other contenders are As Indicated, weighted second-highest at 120 pounds and winner of five straight at Aqueduct, and local hope Valley Crossing, second in the '93 Special.

Mixed Appeal wins France

Mixed Appeal took the lead after a half mile and won by 2 1/2 lengths yesterday in the seventh running of the $50,000 Jacob France Stakes.

It was the second straight win in the six-furlong affair for Mixed Appeal, the third betting choice in a field of six older fillies and mares.

Mixed Appeal was second to Silver Tango in the 1992 France.

Favored Ann Dear, coming off an impressive win at Delaware, and long shot Code Blum battled Mixed Appeal on even terms for four furlongs before Code Blum faded and finished last.

Ann Dear hung on for second by a head over the closing Lea Carter, who beat Mixed Appeal in their last meeting April 16.

It was the fourth win in eight 1994 outings for Mixed Appeal, who increased her career earnings to nearly $500,000.

Derby pays off for network

The Maryland network, including Pimlico, Laurel, Rosecroft and the OTB outlets, handled one of its best figures in recent years on Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

A total of $1,227,114 was bet on the Derby in the state, not $713,499 as reported in The Sun yesterday. The lower number was the amount wagered in the exotic pools (triple and exacta).

A mathematical error was responsible for the mistake.

Overall, $4,699,784 went through the tote machines in Maryland on Saturday.


With three races scheduled for the turf moved to the main track yesterday, 19 horses were scratched from the card. The grass course was soft after Saturday's rainfall and 15 of the scratches were entered in the three races that were shifted. The changes left a four-horse field in the third race, canceling the double triple. . . . The Maryland Racing Commission will hold public hearings Wednesday at Laurel and Pimlico to discuss a transfer of racing days between the two plants. . . . Austreberto Salazar captured the feature yesterday to join Edgar Prado and Alberto Delgado as jockey winners of two races. Ron Cartwright had the only training double.

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