End for 'Woody,' short of heights

November 19, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

On a drizzly afternoon yesterday, Mrs. Adelaide Riggs' Woods of Windsor, once considered one of the golden Maryland-bred colts of the 1990 foal crop and the local favorite to win the 1993 Preakness, closed out his career.

He finished second to Vet Jet in the $19,000 feature at Laurel Park, and now the 4-year-old son of Woodman is headed to stud in Ireland.

Although "Woody" showed genuine flashes of talent by winning the 1992 Maryland Juvenile Championship by seven lengths as the 4-5 favorite and the Grade III Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico the following spring, he failed to fire in the 1993 Preakness, finishing sixth, 9 1/2 lengths behind the ill-fated champion, Prairie Bayou.

After that, "He was hospitalized with a lung infection after running in the Ohio Derby, and was never quite the same," said Mike Cavey, Riggs' partner and consultant in her Howard County thoroughbred racing and breeding operation.

Now Riggs has sold Woods of Windsor to Irish interests and he is being syndicated to stand at stud there in the spring of 1995. "He'll go to Ireland sometime around Christmas," Cavey said. "He'll go into quarantine tomorrow at Mrs. Riggs' farm."

In addition to his two stakes scores, "Woody" finished second to 1992 Maryland-bred juvenile champion Secret Odds in the Devil's Bag Stakes and was third in the Maryland City Stakes.

A strikingly handsome horse, Woods of Windsor was bid in for $500,000 as a yearling at the Kentucky summer sales by Riggs, who decided to race him herself and named him after her favorite perfume.

Cavey said Riggs will maintain a small ownership interest in the horse during his stallion career.

"Woody" retires with earnings of $197,132.

Riggs said she hopes her other stakes-winning 4-year-old colt, Wild Zone, will return to the races next month after taking a year off to recover from a fractured splint bone.

She also recently acquired the stakes-winning 2-year-old colt My Sweet Lord, and entered him and another of her horses, Senor Prospect, in the $60,000 Rollicking Stakes today at Laurel.

However, Cavey said both horses will be scratched. "It is not the best distance [7 furlongs] for My Sweet Lord and, on top of that, he drew the 13 post position," Cavey said. "We also don't like the 1 hole for Senor Prospect, who is making his first start."

Cavey said both horses are being pointed for the Dec. 10 Maryland Juvenile Championship.

With the defection of the Riggs runners, a dozen 2-year-olds are likely to start in the Rollicking.

Among the favorites is King's Float, who made the lead in the Maryland Million Juvenile from the 14 post before tiring and is a grandson of the state's former leading stallion, Rollicking.

Also among the entries is a Churchill Downs shipper, Winds, a son of Maryland freshman sire Citidancer, who is climbing up in the national first-crop sire standings after his daughter, Urbane, won the Moccasin Stakes last weekend at Hollywood Park.

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