Marry Me Do extends streak in Chieftain

June 19, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

The form shows that Marry Me Do has taken kindly to grass courses after a sudden downturn on dirt, but according to trainer Eddie Gaudet, the change of surfaces may have little to do with the horse's recent success.

"He wasn't feeding good and wasn't comfortable because of stomach ulcers," said Gaudet. "We took care of that, so I don't know if it's a difference in the turf or taking care of the ulcers."

Whatever the reason, the 5-year-old gelding added a third straight victory to his impressive turf string yesterday, coming from next to last with a rush to win the $55,325 Chieftain Handicap at Laurel.

The margin in the 1 1/16-mile feature was 1 1/2 lengths over long-shot Bold Print, who out-kicked Oscar Max by a half length for second. The winning time was a leisurely 1:44 1/5.

"I was confident," said jockey Mario Pino, who notched his third stakes victory of the week and third win on the card. "Every time I let out a notch, he'd move it up. I knew we had a shot."

Gaudet said he may ship Marry Me Do to Arlington Park near Chicago for a series of turf races.

Favored Pescagani, who won the Riggs Handicap last month, challenged Majesty's Turn in the early speed duel, then both faded.

"Majesty's Turn out-broke me," said jockey Edgar Prado, who rode Pescagani. "He clearly was the one with the early foot, so I let him have it. About the 3/16ths pole, I thought we might improve a little, but we couldn't catch up."

Marry Me Do, claimed for $11,500 by Gaudet last fall, has the bloodlines to be a turfer -- by Blushing Room out of Terpsichorist. Under Gaudet, he is 6-for-11.

Concern, Taking Risks earn seconds

Two Maryland-based horses finished second in prestigious out-of-town stakes yesterday.

Concern, trained by Dick Small and third in this year's Preakness, was beaten handily by long shot Exclusive Praline in the Grade II $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown. Exclusive Praline trounced a strong field of stakes winners that also included Triple Crown horses Smilin Singin Sam and Kandaly.

At Churchill Downs, the King Leatherbury-trained Taking Risks was behind wire-to-wire victor Recoup The Cash in the Grade III, $150,000 Stephen Foster.


There were 12 big winners in the National Best Seven wager yesterday, each earning $23,356 for picking all seven. The pool was $373,393, the high mark for the weekly bet. . . . Mz. Zill Bear, one of the top Maryland female runners, has been shipped to California and is in training under Jack Van Berg. . . . Laurel will celebrate Father's Day with drawings for CFL Colts' tickets. The 12-race program -- including two steeplechase events -- will highlight the $35,000 April Run Stakes.

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