Mixed Count will return to his own level today when he takes on seven other Maryland-bred horses in the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes at Pimlico.
"He's worked great and his training is terrific," trainer Ron Benshoff said of the Polish Numbers gelding who will be making his first start since finishing 11th in the Preakness at 99-to-1 odds.
"This horse just didn't belong in that field," said Benshoff. "He's no superstar, just a nice, solid Maryland-bred. Now, he's back where he belongs."
Benshoff said the owner of Mixed Count, Leonard Pearlstein, "probably had a lot of fun" competing in the Preakness.
"But it's probably my first and last Preakness horse. Unless I get very, very lucky."
The Deputed Testamony Stakes, named after a Preakness winner, is at 1 1/8 miles, and constitutes the last big stakes race of the Pimlico meeting, which will end tomorrow.
Mixed Count probably will not go off as the favorite in a group that includes Dick Small-trained Clash by Night -- the runner-up to Saratoga Dandy in the Sir Barton Stakes on Preakness Day -- Foolish Pole and Dark Dilemma.
Benshoff's mount will carry 122 pounds, spotting 7 to the majority of the field.
NOTE: It's not often that a horse is still winning at the age of 10, but D. Guilford is. Coming back from an eight-month layoff, the dark brown gelding never missed a beat yesterday in holding off Amy's Harold by a half-length in a $30,000 claimer. It was the 17th lifetime victory on the turf for D. Guilford, who has earned almost $225,000.
Pub Date: 6/08/96