Cigar pointed at Pimlico Special

April 19, 1995|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Maryland-bred Cigar is Baltimore-bound.

Bill Mott, trainer of the horse who has won three straight Grade I starts and is a leading candidate for 1995 Horse of the Year honors, said yesterday that Cigar has "bounced back" in fine shape after defeating the nation's best older horses Saturday in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap.

"The plan now is to wheel him back in four weeks in the Pimlico Special," Mott said about the $600,000 race May 13 at Pimlico Race Course. "We're sure that's the race we are going to point him for. That gives him a month to recuperate, and that's sufficient time."

Mott said Cigar still is stabled at Oaklawn Park, but will soon join his New York string at Belmont Park.

Cigar has been undefeated since Mott switched him from the turf to the dirt last fall, and has earned more than $1 million.

In the Oaklawn race, Cigar came from off the pace to defeat Silver Goblin by 2 1/2 lengths. Breeders' Cup Classic winner Concern was third, followed by Best Pal, Johann Quatz, Santa Anita Handicap winner Urgent Request and Sticks and Bricks.

Cigar is owned by aviation magnate Allen Paulson, and was foaled in Bel Air at Country Life Farm, where Paulson boards some of his breeding stock.The horse is regularly ridden by Jerry Bailey.

NOTES: Pimlico/Laurel and Delaware Park have settled their differences and reached a reciprocal simulcasting agreement. The Maryland tracks will simulcast Delaware Park's live card on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Delaware will simulcast the Pimlico/Laurel races year-round. . . . Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is starting his 3-year-old colt, Broad Act, in Saturday's Federico Tesio Stakes. Rick Wilson has the mount.

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