Prospector's Fuel wins again, stays in hunt for Md.-bred title

November 14, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Prospector's Fuel kept herself in the running for year-end championship honors among Maryland-bred 2-year-old fillies yesterday by winning another stakes race at Laurel Park.

The speedy daughter of Allen's Prospect, owned by a partnership that includes Orioles owner Peter Angelos, duplicated her Maryland Million-winning form with a victory by three-quarters of a length over White Cliffs in the $60,000 Heavenly Cause Stakes.

The Maryland-bred 2-year-old division mirrors the national juvenile picture -- the fillies have shown more talent than the colts.

So far, no standout has emerged among the state-bred 2 year-old males, but Prospector's Fuel is one of three Maryland-bred 2-year-old fillies that have asserted themselves through the first 11 months of the year.

The others are Robert Meyerhoff's Special Broad, winner of the Grade III Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct last week, and Urbane, a newcomer. Urbane, the West Coast-campaigned daughter of Country Life Farm freshman sire Citidancer, set a stakes record of 1 minute, 21 3/5 seconds for seven furlongs on Saturday and won the $79,100 Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Earlier in the year, Miss Claratius looked like the leader of the division, but she has been disappointing in her past two races, including a loss yesterday by 8 1/4 lengths to Prospector's Fuel.

Urbane, bred in Maryland by Frank Zureich, was among four yearlings that California trainer Brian Mayberry purchased for a total of $150,000 at the Timonium sales last fall for his Beverley Hills clients, Jan, Mace and Samantha Seigel.

Yesterday jockey Mario Pino described Prospector's Fuel as "the boss of the race" in the Heavenly Cause Stakes even though the filly had a little more competition than Pino had expected.

White Cliffs, undefeated in two high-priced claimers, surprisingly outran Prospector's Fuel for the lead, then hung on more tenaciously than Pino had planned.

"I thought I'd just blow by her," Pino said. "But the other horse dug in and put up a good fight."

Pino added that he decided that once White Cliffs went for the lead, it was an opportune time to see if Prospector's Fuel would relax and come from off the pace. "As soon as I decided to take back, my filly dropped the bit and I moved to the outside," he said. She then responded when Pino asked her to run at about the three-eighths pole.

Trainer Bill Donovan said Prospector's Fuel will leave Pimlico Race Course tomorrow with his 15-horse string and ship to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.

"I don't plan on running her any more this year," he said. "I'll try her around two turns in Florida and if she runs well, I'd like to bring her back in the spring for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes."

Even though Carlos Garcia, trainer of White Cliffs, lost yesterday's stakes, another one of his 2 year-olds, the Kentucky-bred colt Cherokee Dazzler, won the $35,000 Princeton Stakes at The Meadowlands on Friday after the winner, Devil's Brew, was disqualified.

Burt Bachrach's new star

Singer/composer Burt Bachrach has a new formula for success in horse racing: breed one of his West Virginia-based mares to the Maryland stallion, Private Terms.

Yesterday the Bachrach-bred and owned 2 year-old colt, Afternoon Deelites, electrified fans and horsemen alike when he raced seven furlongs in 1:20 4/5 and won the Grade III $96,250 Hollywood Prevue Breeders' Cup Stakes in his second career start. The time was two-fifths of a second off the track mark.

"I'm in as much awe as everyone in the grandstand," said jockey Kent Desormeaux. "He set the track on fire, for sure. I've ridden a lot of horses, and this one took my breath away today."

Trainer Dick Mandella said the colt will now go in the $500,000 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18 en route to a 1995 Triple Crown campaign where he'll likely meet Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, Timber Country.

Bachrach had quite a bit of success this year with Soul of the Matter, another son of Private Terms, who stands at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City. Soul of the Matter won the Grade I Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic and fifth in the Kentucky Derby.

Charles Town's message to horsemen: leave

Horsemen stabled at the Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W. Va. have been told to vacate the stable area by Dec. 12, the day after the track stops live racing.

In case the evacuation notice presents a hardship, management has told the owners and trainers that they can stay until Dec. 22, but that the racing strip will be closed for training.

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