Layoff no deterrent to confident Foxie G Gelding near track record in Northern Wolf Stakes

January 14, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

After a week without racing, Laurel Park reopened yesterday with some concern that the lack of training might be a detriment for some entries.

But an absence from the track didn't bother Foxie G.

The gelding stalked pace-setting Higher Strata until they straightened out in the stretch, then wore him down to win the $53,900 Northern Wolf Stakes by three-quarters of a length.

The winning six-furlong time of 1 minute, 9 seconds was the fastest of the meeting and one second off the track record set by Fighting Notion in the summer of 1992.

It was the second straight stakes victory for Foxie G, who represents a family affair. Dale Capuano is his trainer and Dale's father, Phil, is the owner. Dale Capuano said he didn't take any of his horses to the track for training when it opened Thursday because "the ice to and from the barn was more than I wanted to risk. Foxie G was right for this race, so the extra rest may have helped him, too."

Walks under the shedrow were Foxie G's only exercise.

Jockey Edgar Prado, Foxie G's regular rider, was confident all the way after his horse broke alertly and maintained good stalking position.

"He's a real fighter in the last 3/16 and in excellent condition," said Prado. "He can respond [to commands] and feels like he's at the top of his game."

The son of Horatius earned $32,340 for his 11th win in 25 lifetime starts. He has career earnings of nearly $320,000.

"I didn't have a worry. Nothing bothered me about running today," said Phil Capuano. "When Dale said, 'He is right,' that was good enough for me."

The favorite, New York invader Next Wave, labored and finished fourth in the five-horse field.

"I had no place to go," said jockey C. H. Marquez Jr. "That's what happens in these races when you've got two or three horses in contention. It seems to happen every time."

NOTES: Today's card is highlighted by the $30,000-added Miracle Wood Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs. Creative Tension, second in the Snow King Stakes last time out, Winding Trail and Game Quoit are expected to get most play. Another $30,000-added race, the Laplander Handicap, is on the card. . . . Maryland adds Suburban to its simulcasting card today. That is a harness meeting run at Hawthorne near Chicago. . . . Yesterday's handle of $3,160,610 was about normal for a winter Saturday.

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