'Brushing' zips past field for victory Maneuvers from last in Lady Baltimore Stakes

June 02, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

It was an adventurous trip around the race track and Brushing Gloom made it a winning one.

Taken back to last in a six-horse field, the Broad Brush filly put on a zooming move through the lane yesterday and won the $72,875 Lady Baltimore Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths at Pimlico.

"When I saw my opportunity, and I knew she was ready, I asked her," said jockey Juan Umana. "She took off and I thought I needed a seat belt."

Normally, Dick Small-trained horses lie well off the pace in route races, then come thundering in the last eighth of a mile.

Yesterday, Brushing Gloom broke very alertly and was fourth after a quarter mile. But Umana took his mount to the rear down the backside and "hoped the horses in front would stop. They didn't exactly stop."

The sweeping run by Brushing Gloom was too much for favored Plenty of Sugar, who led most of the way and held on for the place in the 1 1/8 -mile test on the turf.

"The one horse [Brushing Gloom] just shot by us like she was coming out of a gun," said Edgar Prado. "Nothing was wrong. Today just wasn't our day."

Brushing Gloom is now 6-for-13 lifetime and has pushed her career bankroll above $250,000.

The leading money-winner in the field, Plenty Of Sugar gained $11,025 for her second place and climbed past $600,000.

Local runner Julie's Brilliance salvaged third by a neck over long shot Che Sara Sara.

Rosecroft schedule change

Rosecroft Raceway will reduce its live racing schedule to four nights beginning this week.

The harness track will be open for live cards on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with post time at 7: 35 p.m.

Simulcasting nights will be Sundays and Wednesdays with Rosecroft's sister track, Ocean Downs, in the forefront.

Miscellaneous

The stewards have referred the case of jockey Mario Pino to the Maryland Racing Commission. After reviewing tapes of the second race Wednesday, they determined that Pino had whipped Patriot Speech twice on the head approaching the finish line, but deferred any punitive action. . . . Jockey Larry Reynolds booted home four winners on yesterday's card and was disqualified out of a fifth after his mount, Yankee Maid, finished first in the sixth race. He was placed third for bothering the runner-up, Worthy Lady, ridden by Greg Hutton, in the stretch run. Reynolds had to withstand another objection -- this one by Frank Douglas -- before being made the official winner of the 11th race on Tailhook.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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