As Indicated makes Grade I run

May 13, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Don't look for any of the runners in last year's Triple Crown races to appear tomorrow in the Pimlico Special.

In recent years, the Special has showcased classics winners from the previous season.

But the closest thing in the six-horse field to a horse that was considered Triple Crown material last year is the 4-year-old gelding, As Indicated.

The speedy son of marathon runner Czaravich was a front-running winner of the Gotham Stakes last spring, but was roughed up in the Wood Memorial and succumbed to Storm Tower's relentless pace, finishing seventh.

"He came out of the race with tender shins," said trainer Richard Schosberg. "That's when it was time to stop thinking about the Kentucky Derby and start doing what was right for the horse."

That meant stopping the gelding and bringing him back in lesser races later in the year.

Now after becoming the star of the Aqueduct winter and spring meetings and winning three Grade III handicaps, As Indicated ships into Baltimore tomorrow to try to prove he belongs in Grade I company.

Pimlico linemaker Clem Florio said he was considering making ++ As Indicated co-choice with Devil His Due, the 7-5 favorite who won the Pimlico Special last year and is back to defend his title.

"But As Indicated has been away a couple of months," Florio said. "Even though he has been working brilliantly [a recent mile at Belmont Park in 1 minute, 37 seconds], it's still not the same as racing."

Schosberg said he purposefully lightened up on the gelding's campaign "so I'd have a good fresh horse when I hit the hornets' nest in the handicap ranks."

Fitness, Schosberg said, is not going to be a problem.

At yesterday's draw for post positions, As Indicated drew the 3-gate, "right in the middle of the pack, and you can't ask for anything better than that," Schosberg said. "There is a speed horse [Greatsilverfleet] on the rail. We can stalk him if we want to. Or if my horse wants to go to the lead and the other horse take back, then that can happen, too. There is a long run to the first turn and everyone should get the position he wants."

As Indicated will be ridden by Robbie Davis, leading jockey at Aqueduct during the winter and spring meets and currently sixth in the Belmont Park standings.

Should Schosberg, a former member of the starting squad for Cornell University's Big Red football team, win, it will be his first victory at Pimlico.

"I seldom ship out of New York," said Schosberg, 32, who has built up a 30-horse string at Aqueduct since he began training in 1988. "But I almost won the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico last spring with Fighting Jet. As it was, we lost by a neck after the jockey [Cesar Bisono] dropped his stick at the head of the lane."

In recent years, the Pimlico Special has featured a Kentucky Derby winner, Strike the Gold, who won in 1992; a Preakness winner, Summer Squall, the runner-up to Farma Way in 1991; and Belmont Stakes winner, Bet Twice, who won in 1988.

But last year's classics winners are no-shows this year.

The 1993 Kentucky Derby winner, Sea Hero, is in training at Belmont Park. He might make his first start of the year next week "in a little allowance race," trainer Mack Miller said yesterday. "After that, we'll nominate him to all the important stakes on grass as well as dirt."

Miller said that Sea Hero, after spending the winter in Aiken, S.C., wasn't ready to race in the Pimlico Special.

Last year's Preakness winner, Prairie Bayou, is dead after breaking down in the 1993 Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Scotty Schulhofer thinks that last year's Belmont Stakes winner, Colonial Affair, only performs best over the Belmont strip and is reluctant to ship him out of town.

PIMLICO SPECIAL

When/where: Tomorrow, 5:08 p.m. post; Pimlico Race Course.

Distance/purse: 1 3/16 miles; $600,000 (winner's share $360,000).

TV: Channel 13 (part of ABC's Wide World of Sports, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.).

Supporting card: 12 races, including $200,000 Pimlico Distaff (eighth race, post 4:02 p.m.)

Post, Horse, Wgt., Owner, Trainer, Jockey, Odds

1, Greatsilverfleet (L), 114, GSF Racing Partnership, Dale Capuano, Edgar Prado, 10-1

2, Valley Crossing (L), 113, Robert Meyerhoff, Richard Small, Andrea Seefeldt, 6-1

3, As Indicated, 120, Heatherwood Farm, Richard Schosberg, Robbie Davis, 2-1

4, Gavel Gate, 108, Robert Kruger & Kenneth Opstein, Jack Van Berg, Pat Johnson, 20-1

5, Devil His Due, 121, Lion Crest Stable, H. Allen Jerkens, Wigberto Ramos, 7-5

6, Pistols and Roses (L), 115, Willis Family Stables Inc, George Gianos, Mike Smith, 7-2

(L) indicates Lasix use

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