Clever Rosey wins 'for little guys'

January 23, 1995|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

The Charge of the Light Brigade.

That's how one fan described the field in a $33,000 -- for fillies and mares yesterday when eight of the dozen horses, all within a length or two of the lead, fanned out across the track entering the stretch at Laurel Park.

When the jockeys' screams had died down and their whips were at rest, two horses, Clever Rosey and Devil's Glen, stood out from the pack.

With leading rider Mark Johnston aboard, Clever Rosey -- representing the entire one-horse stable of Laurel video store owner, Leonard Goldberg -- had defeated Devil's Glen, from Israel Cohen's expensive and fashionable 40-horse string.

"This is what makes racing fun -- to win one for the little guys," Johnston said. "For them, it's like winning the Derby."

Indeed, Goldberg was beaming afterward, explaining how he had purchased the filly as an unbroken 2-year-old for $1,500 from her Maryland breeder, Rita Reidlbauer.

There were times, when training and veterinarian bills were piling up, that Goldberg thought about selling the horse.

"But she has the same name as my mother, Rose," he said. "I always figured that was an omen."

After recovering from shin fractures in both front legs, the daughter of sprint sire, Clever Champ, returned to the races last fall under the handling of Brian Strong, an exercise rider for trainer Billy Turner.

Yesterday, Clever Rosey entered the ranks of stakes winners and increased her earnings to $61,075.

Goldberg's partner in his video business is Chip Reed, owner of 1993 champion Maryland-bred 3-year-old, Chip's Dancer.

"Now each of us has had a stakes winner," Goldberg said.

Clever Rosey raced the five furlongs in 59 1/5 seconds.

Holy Bull possible for Pimlico

So far, Jimmy Croll, owner-trainer of Holy Bull, has not publicly included the May 13 Pimlico Special as a start on his horse's 1995 racing itinerary.

But Laurel/Pimlico GM John E. Mooney said that both he and Lenny Hale, the track's vice president of racing, have had discussions with Croll this winter "and he seems very interested in bringing Holy Bull to Maryland," Mooney said. "At this time, I expect to see the horse at Pimlico. But we'll know more when Lenny returns from Florida this week."

Hale has been at Gulfstream Park during the past week, soliciting Triple Crown and Maryland stakes nominations.

Holy Bull won his 1995 debut yesterday at Gulfstream and is expected to be named 1994 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards Dinner on Friday in Washington.

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