Ladner flies 1,000 miles for $1,900

November 21, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Clarence "Jo Jo" Ladner flew about 1,000 miles and earned $1,900 yesterday, commuting from Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans to ride the winning Mixed Appeal in the Contrary Rose Stakes at Laurel Park.

"I don't know if I'd do this on a regular basis," said the 29-year-old jockey. "But the winter meet in Louisiana doesn't start until Thursday, so I thought I'd make the trip. Of course, I'll come back to ride the mare if she's in a $100,000 or $200,000 race."

That's exactly the plan for Mixed Appeal. Gene Leach, assistant to trainer Dean Gaudet, indicated yesterday that the horse will stay in training at age 7 and defend her winning title in February in the Grade II $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap.

Leach said Ladner is certainly welcome to return any time to ride the mare. "He gets along with her as good as anyone," Leach said.

Ladner followed the Dick Small and Paul Seefeldt Maryland-based outfits to New Orleans for the winter. He said he and Andrea Seefeldt will ride the two Small-trained sprinters, Higher Strata and Sticks and Bricks, in Thursday's opening day stakes at the Fair Grounds.

Ibex dead at age 7

Veterinarian Bob Vallance yesterday confirmed a report that the 7-year-old former Laurel stakes winner, Ibex, had been humanely destroyed earlier this month.

The gelding had been claimed from his longtime owner Gerald Dickens for $8,500 on Nov. 3 after finishing fourth in a 1 1/16-mile claimer at Laurel.

"His new owner was going to send him to Cleveland to trainer Arthur Bosley," Vallance said. "But four or five days after he was claimed, the horse developed acute laminitis [inflamation of tissues in the hoof]. We worked on him for several days, but then decided that for humane reasons he should be euthanized."

Md.-breds fail at Hollywood

Two Maryland-bred horses failed in their attempts yesterday to win rich turf stakes at Hollywood Park.

The 3-year-old state-bred colt, Unfinished Symph, tired badly in the stretch after racing close to the pace and ended up 10th in the Grade I $400,000 Hollywood Derby.

River Flyer, a Kentucky-bred colt owned by Golden Eagle Farm, led wire-to-wire, defeating Dare And Go by 1 3/4 lengths. Preakness winner Tabasco Cat also was disappointing in the race, finishing eighth in his first start on the grass.

Later in the program, Maryland-bred Square Cut finished second in the Grade II $250,000 Citation Handicap, about three lengths behind the winning Southern Wish. Square Cut is trained by Joe Devereux, who left Laurel a year ago to compete on the California circuit.

New post times

Post time for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day Laurel live card is 11 a.m. The final live race is set to begin at 3:25 p.m.

Starting Friday, post time each day for Laurel's first live race will be 12:15 p.m.

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