White Cliffs turns away invader

January 29, 1995|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Rick Wilson, who occasionally shifts his tack around between New Jersey, Florida and the local tracks, is spending the winter at Laurel Park, riding the fastest 3-year-olds in Maryland.

Wilson has averaged winning a stakes a week during the past month with a pair of speedy youngsters -- Onto Luck in the 3-year-old male division and White Cliffs, fastest of the local 3-year-old fillies.

A potential spoiler from New England, the filly Shananie's Presence, shipped in from Suffolk Downs yesterday and tried to out-run White Cliffs in the $53,450 Marshua Stakes.

But the effort failed. Trainer Richard Trimmer must have instructed jockey Edgar Prado to hustle Shananie's Presence out of the gate and see if the New England speedball had the kind of class to compete in an open stakes. Prado gunned the filly from the start.

"He was really getting into the horse and making a lot of noise," Wilson said.

"I figured he'd try to go for the lead. But I just kind of sat there and was surprised how relaxed my filly really was. She's improving with each start."

The pair raced as a team down the backstretch for about a third of the six-furlong race until Shananie's Presence called it quits heading into the final turn.

From there, White Cliffs assumed control, holding onto a three-length win margin over rallying 24-1 long shot Perfect Swap.

White Cliffs struggled a bit late in the race, a reaction, Wilson said, from hitting herself in the hind legs. She posted a final time of 1 minute, 11 3/5 seconds and paid $4 as the even-money favorite in the six-horse field.

White Cliffs is one of three stakes-class 3-year-olds currently trained by Carlos Garcia. He plans to stretch White Cliffs out to seven furlongs in her next race, the Politely Stakes on March 11.

He's Got Gall, runner-up to Onto Luck in the recent Dancing Count Stakes, goes next in the March 4 Herat Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

Princeton Stakes winner Cherokee Dazzler has bucked his shins and is being rested.

Garcia and his wife, Carol, bred White Cliffs and sold her privately last year to a client, Ralph O'Connor of Houston. The Garcias own the dam, Judge Supreme, who is stabled at Sagamore Farm in Glyndon and is being bred this spring to Norquestor.

NOTES: Bud Delp-trained Western Echo was slow leaving the gate and was beaten 10 3/4 lengths yesterday in the $75,000 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Western Echo finished sixth in the seven-horse field. The race was won by the California-based colt, Valid Wager. . . . Maryland-bred Cryptic Bid was scheduled to start in the Hutcheson but has chipped a bone in an ankle and will be out of training for several months. . . . Post time for the Super Bowl card at Gulfstream today is 11 a.m., but Maryland outlets won't pick up the Florida action until the fourth race, which is set to go off at 12:19 p.m., 26 minutes before Laurel's first live race. . . . C. Oliver Goldsmith's Miss Slewpy carries 120-pound highweight today in the $75,000-added Maryland Racing Writers Handicap. Buffels is second in the weights at 115 pounds.

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