Mixed Appeal finds form, Stefanita Stakes victory

October 24, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

The "old" Mixed Appeal, the one that showed up at Laurel Park last winter and won the Grade II Barbara Fritchie Handicap, re-emerged yesterday, winning the Stefanita Stakes after six straight losses in added-money company.

"That mare is like the Eveready battery. She keeps going and going and going," one competitor said.

Whether it was the slop or simply that she has "gotten good again," Mixed Appeal took the lead just a few jumps out of the gate and posted a six-length victory under Clarence "Jo Jo" Ladner.

Lea Carter, who looked healthy in the paddock, finished second, but was no match for the winner.

Mixed Appeal ran the six furlongs on the wet strip in 1 minute, 10 4/5 seconds, her fastest winning time at that distance this year.

"As long as she keeps running this well, I don't think there will be much pressure to retire her," said Gene Leach, indicating that the 6-year-old mare could keep racing at the age of 7. Leach is assistant to the mare's trainer, Dean Gaudet. The mare gave her owner, Israel Cohen, his fourth stakes win at the Maryland tracks this year.

Mixed Appeal was not the only competitor to come out of mothballs for the victory.

It was Ladner's first win in 20 days at the Laurel fall meet. Ladner, 29, won several stakes earlier in the year, but lately has had slim pickings.

Many of his stakes mounts, such as Broad Gains, Ellin B. and Chip's Dancer, have been sidelined with injuries.

"I just take it one day at a time. I put my head down and keep on trying," Ladner said.

Last year, Mixed Appeal finished second to Jazzy One in the Stefanita Stakes.

But this year, that Scott Posey-trained mare was no match for the winner. She got the jump on her for a few strides out of the gate. But after that, Jazzy One had trouble keeping up and finished last in the nine-horse field.

Favored Code Blum had no apparent excuse other than she was outrun in the slop. The Harriet and David Finkelstein-owned filly finished fourth after she failed to sustain a short-lived wide rally at the top of the stretch.

Code Blum is one of four Finkelstein runners that trainer Frannie Campitelli will campaign this winter in Florida. The others are Danny's Crown, Dixie Storm and Lost Leaf.

Big fields for Breeders' Cup

Expect some big fields when the Breeders' Cup pre-entries are taken today and released Wednesday.

Jim Gluckson, a Breeders' Cup publicist, said yesterday that a number of the races figure to be oversubscribed and have again proven popular with European horsemen. Thirty horses could be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Since fields are limited to 14 starters, the first eight entries are accepted according to points accumulated in graded stakes company. After that a six-person committee picks out the final six starters and then names a preference list for the remaining horses that don't make the top 14.

The selection committee meets in Louisville, Ky., tomorrow.

Lenny Hale, Laurel/Pimlico vice president of racing, is a member of the selection committee.

Post positions and final entries will be drawn next Wednesday, Nov. 2. The seven-race program will be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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