Denied Access rises to occasion with stakes company

January 29, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Denied Access stepped up to stakes company yesterday and found the door wide-open.

Beaten only once in four previous starts, Howard and Sondra Bender's filly took on some veteran stakers and rolled to a 1 3/4 -length victory in Laurel Park's $31,875 Singing Beauty Stakes.

Long shot Letsracebuckeroos rallied for the place, a half-length in front of favored Oh Summer, the pacesetter through more than half of the six-furlong heat.

It was the most impressive victory by the daughter of Cryptoclearance out of Del Sovereign, who is apparently headed for the Grade 2, $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap Feb. 17.

"She's always shown professionalism and ability," said trainer Larry Murray. "It takes a little while to get her to the races, but when we do, she performs well."

Jockey Mark Johnston, who had three winners on the card, said he "just threw the reins at her a little bit. She responds so well to that, she just started flying."

Howard Bender said he had another winner (Delquoit) out of the same mare, whom he sold, then bought back.

The light schedule (five lifetime races) was not a concern for the owner, who said Denied Access "rates well with the colts." Her only defeat was a second in an race open to both sexes.

Oh Summer and Princess Could Be -- who finished fifth -- have tested some of the better older fillies and mares locally.

Delaware gets ready

Delaware Park is accepting stall applications for its 1996 meeting, which opens April 13 and runs through Nov. 10.

The first condition book -- of great interest to those in Maryland racing -- will be available this week.

Delaware will offer a daily purse distribution of $110,000 and a stakes program of almost $1 million, topped by the 59th Delaware Handicap July 14.

Racing will be held four days weekly -- Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday -- on Thursdays during August and on Monday holidays and July 4.

For information, call (302) 994-2521, ext. 283.

Hamilton suspended

Jockey Steve Hamilton has been suspended for seven days after his ride aboard Bohners Boy in the first race yesterday. The penalty starts today.

However, the stewards have agreed to allow Hamilton to ride in the Hoover Stakes on Saturday and serve an additional day Feb. 5.

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