Jadeeda wins Basil Hall Stakes

August 14, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Jadeeda is built like a stayer, with a long back and angular frame.

But the granddaughter of English Derby winner Roberto proved at Pimlico Race Course yesterday that appearances, particularly horses, can be deceiving.

The 5-year-old mare, who specializes in winning sprints on the grass, notched her third career stakes victory in the $55,950 Basil Hall Stakes, defeating males for the first time in 27 lifetime starts.

All three of her added-money victories have come at five furlongs on the Pimlico turf strip, twice in the Gold Digger Stakes and now in the initial running of the Basil Hall Stakes, a race named in honor of the late African-American owner-trainer who lived in Baltimore County.

"There are so few opportunities to run her [at this distance on the grass], that I thought I might as well try her against the boys," said Jadeeda's trainer, Jim Simpson, who replaced her regular rider, Allen Stacy, with Edgar Prado yesterday.

Because of her prowess on the Pimlico grass strip, Jadeeda was the third choice in the nine-horse field.

The complexion of the race was altered a few minutes before post time when a late afternoon thunderstorm struck the track and drenched the grass strip.

"It was like riding in a Wild West show," said a soaked Mario Pino, who finished fourth on Gilded Youth. "Everyone was

screaming and yelling."

Santos Chavez, the jockey on favored Lazy Luke, said his big, heavy chestnut horse almost fell twice in the slippery going. "He protected him and just held him together in the stretch," said the horse's trainer, Bob Camac. "We're lucky he didn't go down."

Prado, however, kept his cool on Jadeeda, who relished the suddenly soft going. Under the Peruvian jockey's patient handling, Jadeeda rallied from about six lengths off the pace set by front-runners Higher Strata and Zeb's Game, and then surged past Goldminer's Dream near the wire. Goldminer's Dream had looked like a certain winner until Jadeeda's late thrust. She was timed for the five furlongs in 58 3/5 seconds.

It was the third stakes win in two weeks for Prado, who leads the Pimlico jockey standings after being unseated from the top spot at Laurel by Mark Johnston. Johnston still leads Prado in 1994 Maryland stakes wins. Johnston has 12 stakes winners to 11 for Prado.

The Basil Hall Stakes was the first leg in yesterday's National Best Seven, which marked the defeat of heavy favorites Lakeway in the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga and Bertrando in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The Alabama was won by Heavenly Prize, and Tinners Way upset the nine-horse Pacific Classic field.

The winning Best Seven numbers were 10-5-2-5-4-6-8. There were three perfect tickets, each paying $43,601.95 for a 50-cent bet, and 143 six of seven consolation tickets, each returning $437.30. The total pool amounted to $278,068.

NOTES: Richie The Coach scored an impressive front-running victory over 1994 stakes winners Canton River and Honorable Flight yesterday in the $24,000 eighth race. Winning trainer Donald Barr is back from Saratoga, where another of his runners, Sentimentaldiamond, dumped rider Mike Luzzi in the post parade of a race on Thursday, ran off and was ordered scratched by the stewards. . . . The power outage that caused the cancellation of Pimlico's live card after the fourth race on Friday, was fully repaired by 11 p.m. Friday. There were no electrical problems during yesterday's card.

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