Miss Slewpy wins Writers Handicap

January 30, 1995|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Miss Slewpy returned to her favorite distance of 1 1/8 miles yesterday and won the $74,060 Maryland Racing Writers Handicap at Laurel Park.

The 4-year-old granddaughter of Seattle Slew briefly hung after catching Buffels at about the three-sixteenths pole. But then the Oliver Goldsmith homebred dug deep and had the extra stamina to carry high weight of 120 pounds and roll on to a one-length victory over the rallying Part With Pride. Buffels finished third.

Miss Slewpy was ridden by Larry Reynolds and completed the nine furlongs in 1 minute, 52 seconds.

Goldsmith said that he might consider shortening Miss Slewpy to the seven-furlong distance of the Feb. 18 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, a Grade II stakes at Laurel with a $200,000 purse.

But trainer Ron Cartwright said: "I doubt if we'll go in it, since her best races are at the longer distances. But we'll watch and see how the race comes up and take a look at it."

In the race before Miss Slewpy's victory, the Nickel Stable's 4-year-old filly Smart 'N Noble barely got up for a nose victory over Flash Number Two in a $23,000 allowance race.

But trainer Dick Delp said he still will point the filly to the Barbara Fritchie Handicap. "I thought she'd have an easier time in this race, but she didn't change leads [in the stretch], which is something she'll do occasionally," Delp said. "The jockey [Mario Pino] didn't seem concerned about it, so we'll still head toward the Fritchie."

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