Hey Hazel proves best in her last Closes career with upset victory in Carousel Stakes

Laurel notebook

November 19, 1995|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Canadian-bred Hey Hazel made Laurel Park's final graded race of the year an upset special yesterday.

The third longest shot in a seven-horse field, Hey Hazel came rumbling through the stretch and edged Churchbell Chimes by a half-length to win the $75,000 Carousel Stakes.

Fappitass, the favorite, ran third in the Grade III event.

The race set up nicely for jockey Mario Pino and Hey Hazel, a granddaughter of Secretariat who was last after a slow quarter-mile pace (24 2/5) set by the field's lone speed horse, Calipha.

"She followed the leaders to the three-eighths pole, then switched leads and did her running from there," said Pino. "I knew once she switched leads, I had a real shot."

Hey Hazel earned the $45,000 winner's share for owner Mickey Canino, who said he named the horse after his late mother.

"Today is my mother and father's wedding anniversary and this is Hazel's last race. She's going to the breeding shed. We wanted her to go out in a blaze of glory and she did."

Churchbell Chimes, an honest sort who always gives her best, had the lead with a few strides remaining.

"I thought I had a winner," said jockey Alberto Delgado. "I didn't see her [Hey Hazel] and I don't think she saw us. We had put away Calipha and Calipha was still running, so I thought we were home free.

"When Churchbell got the lead and the other horse [Hey Hazel] came by, Churchbell dug in again and started to run. It was too late."

Choice of odds

Laurel patrons had a rare opportunity to "shop odds" yesterday on the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup from Illinois.

Offered was the chance to bet in either the Hawthorne (a track on the regular simulcasting schedule) pool or a Maryland pool where the odds and payoffs were determined separately.

Yourmissingthepoint won the race followed by Basqueian and Sky Carr and bettors received a better break in the exotic payoffs from the Maryland pool.

The exacta was worth $33.40 at Laurel, $30.40 in Illinois. The trifecta paid $164.80 at Laurel and $157 at Hawthorne.

Sunday cutback coming?

Laurel president Joe De Francis is considering a slight cutback in next year's racing dates.

"We might want to end live racing on Sundays for about five or six weeks," he said yesterday. "But we'll probably have simulcasting."

De Francis is scheduled to meet with Maryland horsemen Tuesday night at the Laurel Holiday Inn to discuss his proposal on dates.

First on five

Jockey Steve Hamilton did not have a mount in yesterday's feature, but rode five winners on the supporting card.

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