Gulf Dream wins closing feature

September 26, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

The field of six 2-year-olds had no entries that had run over the grass and included four maidens, so the race figured to be wide-open.

But the $35,000 Vanlandingham Stakes, the closing-day feature at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, wasn't as competitive as it was wild and woolly.

In the end, Gulf Dream and Royal Silver dueled to the wire, with Gulf Dream prevailing by half a length.

But both horses had to survive foul claims to ensure their positions in a roughly run affair.

Royal Silver's jockey, Juan Umana, lodged an objection against Gulf Dream and Steve Hamilton, who took his horse extremely wide in the stretch, and Umana was the target of a claim by third-place finisher Omar Klinger, aboard Pentathlete, after Royal Silver split the two other front-runners at the sixteenth pole.

The stewards allowed the result to stand.

Gulf Dream, owned and trained by the father-son team of John and J. Edwin Salzman Jr., was one of two in the field to have raced at least a mile.

The chestnut colt finished third at Monmouth in a maiden special event at a mile Aug. 17.

Pimlico increase

Final figures for the combined Pimlico summer-fall meeting showed a 24 percent betting increase over 1993. The numbers were $88,175,855 in total wagers this year as opposed to $71,068,694 last year.

The two meets, with 37 racing days, were sandwiched around the 10-day run at Timonium.

King Leatherbury won his 21st Pimlico training title with 17 winners during the combined meets.

And Edgar Prado took the riding title again with 59 winners. Prado and Jeffrey Carle shared the stakes-win title with three apiece.

Miscellaneous

Laurel opens tomorrow with a 10-race card, free admission and free programs and a $30,000 feature, the Chase Me Stakes at seven furlongs. The field includes Fighting Notion, the six-furlong record-holder at Laurel. . . . Ron Cartwright, who saddled three winners on last year's Maryland Million card, moved into a five-way tie for second place in the standings. Cartwright will send out five horses this year, including Mz. Zill Bear, the favorite in the USAir Maryland Ladies race on the turf. Post positions for the card will be drawn Thursday.

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