Simulcasts lift Timonium handle

August 29, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

At the site, the crowds are sparser, the handle leaner, and the overall atmosphere suffers.

But, after the first weekend of simulcasting the Timonium races to every outlet in the state, the track appears headed for more profitable times because of its new arrangement with the Maryland Jockey Club.

"Something is missing. I like to see people in the stands and more money here on track," said Timonium general manager Howard "Max" Mosner. "All these numbers seem kind of artificial, like this isn't really happening.

"But if the betting continues at this pace, what is taking place will be astounding to me."

The final figure wagered on all the action at all the state's outlets during Saturday's opening day card was almost $2.1 million, just slightly off the average if Pimlico or Laurel is running a live card.

Yesterday, with Del Mar in California just under way, the total was approximately $1.2 million and the goal of $1.5 million for a Sunday was clearly within reach.

From the apples-and-oranges standpoint, Timonium's on-track handle is off $503,267 (slightly more than 40 percent) from last year, but both racing days have shown an overall increase in the handle when the simulcast sites are added.

"It's very strange, but we're extremely pleased," said Mosner. "If this kind of betting continues, we won't have any problems. The simulcasts have surpassed our expectations."

Taking Risks going for Million

Taking Risks, the latest rags-to-riches horse in the state, is being prepped for Maryland Million Day's top prize, the $150,000 First National Bank of Maryland Classic on Oct. 1 at Laurel.

The 4-year-old son of Two Punch climaxed a stunning climb by winning the $250,000, Grade I Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park Aug. 21 after being claimed last November for $20,000.

It was his eighth victory in 10 starts since the claim, a period in which he has won $405,480 for Lakeville Stable owner Baird Brittingham and Dan Lufkin.

Taking Risks is now handled by King Leatherbury, Maryland's all-time winner among trainers.

The celebration for the ninth Maryland Million begins Sept. 9 with a Maryland Historical Society reception. Call (410) 252-2100.

Bay Capp romps in feature

Bay Capp, a horse that loves the mud, had no competition for the early lead and then sprinted away for a seven-length victory over a fast track in yesterday's $16,000 allowance feature.

It was one of three winners on the card for Kenneth McMillan, who took over a share of the jockey lead after two programs. Scott Posey trained two of McMillan's victorious horses.

Bay Capp, third choice in the betting, had no trouble holding off the 8-to-5 second pick, Bucknell.

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