Twist Afleet kicks off shoe problem for Columbia Stakes win

September 25, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

For a couple of moments, Dennis Carr felt his Grade I mount, Twist Afleet, struggling yesterday on the backstretch of Pimlico Race Course and thought the horse was in trouble.

Twist Afleet had torn off a front shoe, but in the true fashion of a legitimate 4-5 favorite, the filly continued on gamely and won the $100,000 Columbia Stakes by three quarters of a length over her New York-based rival, Penny's Reshoot.

Normally a front-runner, Twist Afleet didn't have a smooth trip. Outrun early partly because of the shoe trouble, Carr had to angle the horse out from the rail on the final turn and go three horses wide. "I knew once I got her out and clear, she'd fight to win, and that's exactly what happened," Carr said.

The 25-year-old jockey has won only one race from 25 mounts at the Belmont Park fall meet, but he has an unblemished record at Pimlico. In his only other Pimlico mount five years ago, he won the Queen Empress Stakes for trainer Reds Terrill on Slew of Pearls.

Carr, who had ridden Twist Afleet in her first two career victories last fall, reclaimed the mount after returning from riding during the spring and early summer at Sam Houston Park in Texas. During his absence, Mike Smith and Jerry Bailey rode Twist Afleet. Both jockeys rode elsewhere yesterday. Smith stayed in New York to ride French invader Agathe in the Flower Bowl Handicap, and Bailey was in Kentucky to ride West By West in the inaugural Kentucky Cup Classic. Both horses were unplaced.

Twist Afleet, who had won the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga, continued on in the tradition of other top sprinting fillies such as Safely Kept, Meafara and Missy's Mirage, who have invaded Maryland and won the Columbia Stakes.

There are only eight graded stakes in the country for 3-year-old filly sprinters, and the Columbia, a Grade III event, annually attracts leaders of the division.

Twist Afleet's lost shoe incident was the first of two rough-run episodes in yesterday's Pimlico stakes.

About a half-hour later, leading Maryland jockey Edgar Prado bulled his way through traffic on veteran marathon grass runner Asserche in the Bald Eagle Stakes.

The horse later was disqualified from first for interference with sixth-place finisher Time Killer.

Runner-up Vladivostock was made the official winner by the stewards and Asserche was placed sixth behind Time Killer.

"They had us boxed in pretty good and knew we couldn't win if Edgar didn't get the horse out from the rail," said John Alecci, Asserche's owner and trainer.

Vladivostock completed an excellent weekend for owner Bayard Sharp and trainer Charlie Peoples.

On Friday night, Sharp's 3-year-old colt, Brass Scale, stumbled at the start of the Pegasus Handicap at the Meadowlands but rallied from last place under Prado and won the $200,000 stakes by nearly five lengths.

Two other Maryland invaders, Justalittleshower and Richie The Coach, finished fourth and eighth, respectively.

Peoples said the Meadowlands race was probably the last of the year for Brass Scale. "But I might try him on the grass in the Governor's Cup at Laurel," he said.

NOTES: Richard Migliore joins Smith and Jose Santos as the third New York-based jockey to ride on Saturday's Maryland Million card. Migliore will be aboard Golden Tent in the Maryland Million Sprint. . . . Two additional entries, Punch Line and Deputy Miss, have been added to the Maryland Million entry list, increasing the final number of potential starters to 144. . . . Mike Luzzi, who won at Pimlico yesterday on Vladivostock and finished second with Penny's Reshoot, is still uncertain if he'll return Saturday for the Maryland Million. "I have three or four mounts lined up, but I'll have to see how good they are," he said. . . . Smith, in addition to riding many of trainer Charlie Hadry's horses, is expected to ride Jest Punching in the Maryland Million PTC Classic if the horse starts in that race instead of the Sprint. . . . Mary's Buckaroo, the half-brother to stakes winner Turn To Teddy, who won his first start yesterday in Pimlico's first race, is owned by University of Maryland English professor Jackson Bryer in partnership with the horse's trainer, Joanne Hughes. . . . The winning numbers in the National Best Seven yesterday were 2-1-3-1-6-5-1. There were five 7-of-7 winning tickets, each worth $30,147.30. There were a total of 164 6-of-7 consolation tickets, which returned $438.70.

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