Jockey Delgado gets a fashionable mount

September 03, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Jockey Albert Delgado gets a taste of high fashion today when New York invader Stars Knockout makes a rare appearance at Timonium Race Course.

The 5-year-old mare is owned by Barry Schwartz, the lifelong friend of fashion designer Calvin Klein, and partner with Klein in his international clothing empire. Klein and Schwartz are profiled in the nationwide best seller, "Obsession," which details the careers of the two men, including Schwartz's passion for horse racing.

Stars Knockout, a daughter of leading Maryland sire Two Punch, squares off against Buffels and four other lesser rivals today in the $40,000 Alma North Handicap.

"I heard the horse was coming. My agent got in touch with the trainer [Mike Hushion at Belmont Park] and I picked up the mount," Delgado said.

He hopes for a repeat of the mare's last Maryland performance when she shipped down from New York in April and led wire-to-wire for a seven-length victory in the Geisha Handicap at Pimlico. In that race, Schwartz imported his own New York jockey, Richard Migliore, and the mare beat Buffels by 9 1/2 lengths under a seven-pound weight break.

Stars Knockout, who figures to suit the speed favoring Timonium oval, gets less of an advantage today, carrying 116 pounds compared to 119 for Buffels.

"She comes into the race off of four sprints, so I don't think I'll have much trouble making the lead," Delgado said. Stars Knockout drew the two post-position in the six-horse race and breaks to the inside of Buffels, which drew gate 5.

The King Leatherbury-trained mare also has speed and the Alma North could turn out to be a match race between Stars Knockout and Buffels.

"I'll have to talk to the trainer and see how he wants me to ride her," said Freddy Castillo, who picks up the mount from vacationing Mark Johnston. "I spoke to Mark about her and he told me the horse is a sweetheart to ride. She's so versatile."

Castillo and Delgado are engaged in a heated rivalry for the jockeys title at Timonium. Through yesterday, Castillo had compiled 11 wins to nine for Delgado.

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