Tribulation captures Gallorette

May 20, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

A half mile through the Gallorette Handicap yesterday, Mystic Dance was holding a 15-length lead and looking like a horse who would steal the 43rd running of the $100,000 stakes at Pimlico.

But the pacesetter tired and the remainder of the six-horse field bypassed her completely with Tribulation rallying strongest to prevail by two lengths over Mckaymackenna.

Tribulation, ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, drew clear under a hand ride to finish in 1 minute, 41 3/5 seconds, equaling La Reine Elaine's 1985 stakes record for 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

Samyn said he and winning trainer Jimmy Toner discussed the race on the airplane trip to Baltimore.

"We knew she [Mystic Dance] had plenty of speed over three quarters [a sizzling 1:11 yesterday], but not farther, so I wasn't worried. When I asked my horse, she responded very well," Samyn said.

Toner didn't agree, admitting concern over the widening Mystic Dance lead.

"Five or six [lengths] is one thing," said the trainer. "But when it got to be 10 or 12, I said, 'Oh my God.' I was nervous. Any time a horse opens up that much, she can get away."

Tribulation is a specialist who was winning on turf at her fourth different track since August. She is 5-for-11 lifetime and has never been worse than fourth.

She had been a victim of poor luck in her last start at Hialeah when "she got slammed into the hedge," Toner said, and Samyn lost his whip. "The one that did it got disqualified but that didn't help us."

Mckaymackenna, a granddaughter of Secretariat, increased her lifetime earnings above $550,000 with the $20,000 she gained for second.

Rider Chris McCarron said there were "no incidents. She was just second best."

At the end, Mystic Dance, trained by Hall of Famer Henry Clark, was 14 lengths behind the winner in the worst finish of her seven-race career.

All her previous outings -- four victories and two seconds -- had been on the dirt.

"She was just a little rank," said jockey Kenneth Skinner. "She's ,, got a world of speed and I knew she would be in front. I just hoped to get her to relax and couldn't get it done."

Fleet Broad, from the strong local connection of Robert Meyerhoff-Dick Small, took third.

Paradise Creek, Lure in 93rd Early Times Dixie

The $150,000 Early Times Dixie will have its 93rd renewal today, but in terms of years, it is the oldest stakes run at Pimlico. The race started as the Dinner Party Stakes in 1870 and has been conducted each year since 1924, primarily as the Dixie Handicap.

Paradise Creek will put a four-race win streak on the line against old rival Lure, whom he beat two weeks ago at Churchill Downs.

HTS gets Emmy nomination for Million work

HTS has received an Emmy nomination for its coverage of the 1993 Maryland Million Thoroughbred Festival at Laurel. The HTS production is a finalist for a Capital Region award in the "sports special" category.

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