Matchless Dancer captures Sir Ivor

June 27, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Matchless Dancer likes to run long, but yesterday he had to help make his own tempo.

With no true early pacesetter in the $35,000 Sir Ivor Stakes at Laurel, jockey Mario Pino took Matchless Dancer into a stalking position up front and it paid off in the end.

The gray colt went to the front in the stretch and held off closers Heavy Rain and Dinner In Rio to win the 1 1/2 -mile feature on the turf by a half-length.

"There was no real speed in the race," said Pino, quickly becoming king of the Maryland jockey colony on the turf.

"This horse has some versatile speed, so we had to use it."

While running on the bleeder medication Lasix for the first time, Matchless Dancer extended his winning streak to three straight. The first two victories were against tough allowance company at his home base, Belmont Park.

The race also saw the failure of the normally late-running favorite Asserche, who never fired and finished ninth in a field of 10.

Matchless Dancer, a grass specialist, probably will run next in a stakes at Arlington Park next month.

23 hit Best Seven

Twenty-three bettors selected all seven winners in the National Best Seven wager Saturday and received $5,380.10 payoffs. Three of the tickets were purchased at Laurel.

A rallying victory by Mashaalah in the Jim Murray Handicap at Hollywood Park, final race of the pool, saved the day for the winners, none of whom had front-running long shot Marfamatic.

There were 743 tickets with six of seven winners worth $79.50 for a 50-cent investment.

The jackpot pool, which accumulates until there is only one perfect ticket, has reached $76,619.84.

Miscellaneous

Maryland-based filly Calipha added another impressive victory to her string by taking the $100,000 Reeve Schley Stakes at Monmouth Park yesterday. Trained by Buddy Delp and ridden by Rick Wilson, Calipha has captured five straight races and has earned more than $250,000 in only eight starts. She paid $7.40 to win while beating another speedball, Two Altazano with Pat Day up. . . . Conte Di Savoya is expected to ship in from New York in time for the Grade III, $200,000 Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup next weekend. The field of about 10 also likely will include Chip's Dancer, who won at Laurel on Tuesday in only his second start since April 1993.

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