Lakeway's time shatters stakes mark

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

ELMONT, N.Y. -- When the 3-year-old filly Lakeway raced to a 4 1/2 -length victory over Cinnamon Sugar in the $200,000 Mother Goose Stakes yesterday at Belmont Park, she shattered a 16-year-old stakes mark set by the Maryland-based filly Caesar's Wish in 1978.

Not only did Lakeway, a daughter of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, break the five-race win streak of the Ogden Phipps filly, Inside Information, but she also ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 46 2/5 seconds, 1 1/5 seconds faster than Caesar's Wish, who was trained at Pimlico Race Course by Dick Small.

Winning trainer Gary Jones, who flew Lakeway in from California for the race, said he told his jockey, Kent Desormeaux, "to ride like it was a match race."

Lakeway took the immediate lead until Mike Smith rushed Inside Information up to the front along the rail. The pair stayed together until the top of the stretch when Inside Information began to falter.

The Phipps filly tired after her duel with Lakeway and was passed inside the eighth pole by Cinnamon Sugar. Inside Information hung on for third, a neck ahead of Diane's Halo.

Pimlico-based Lady Reiko was fifth, beaten about 18 lengths.

Robert Perez, owner of Ulises, who finished last in the Belmont Stakes by 46 lengths, also had the distinction of seeing his filly, Golden Tajniak, being eased in the Mother Goose.

Jones was considering running Lakeway against colts in this year's Kentucky Derby. But he opted instead to run her in the Kentucky Oaks, where she was beaten by another California-based filly, Sardula.

"She vindicated that loss today," Jones said. "We'll take her back home now and could possibly come back East for the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Hopefully, she'll make it to the Breeders' Cup Distaff [at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5]."

The race preceding the Mother Goose marked the return of Canton River, the 3-year-old son of Waquoit, who was voted second best Maryland-bred 2-year-old last year to Hal Clagett's Run Alden.

Under Smith, Canton River, the only 3-year-old in the race, ran close to the leaders, but tired in the stretch and finished fifth, beaten 7 1/2 lengths in the seven-furlong allowance race.

The horse's owner, Andrew G. P. Hobbs, of Greenville, Del., said the horse will probably run next in the Humphrey Finney Stakes at Laurel Race Course, where he would face Maryland-bred 3-year-olds on the turf.

"We tried to find a race for him in Maryland or at Monmouth Park but couldn't get one to fill," Hobbs said. "So we came to New York. But this was a tough race against some real old pros."

Smith said he felt Canton River "hung, but should benefit a lot from this race."

The winner was Richmond Runner, a 4-year-old gelding owned by David P. Reynolds, who also owns half of Belmont Stakes winner Tabasco Cat.

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