Foolish Pole stakes his claim at Pimlico Raines-trained horse wins Deputed Testamony race

June 09, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

There were four Triple Crown nominees in the original field for the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes, but none of them reached the wire first at Pimlico yesterday.

That distinction belonged to Foolish Pole, ridden deftly by Herb McCauley to a 6 1/2 -length romp over 1 1/8 miles.

"My horse was full of run and placed himself perfectly," said McCauley, who came in from New Jersey to ride two winners and a runner-up in his three mounts. "We got the ideal trip."

With the pace snail-like (25 seconds for the quarter and 48 3/5 for a half-mile), Foolish Pole had everything his way after running just off pacesetter Influence Peddler for six furlongs.

The Polish Numbers gelding had plenty of run remaining when the closers began kicking in from far behind.

Clash by Night, the favorite, rallied from far back to take second, 6 3/4 lengths in front of Preakness entry Mixed Count, the second choice in the betting.

Mixed Count was the only horse in the Deputed Testamony field who ran in a Triple Crown event.

"It seems like this horse can go anywhere and do anything," said trainer Virgil "Buddy" Raines of Foolish Pole. "I was a little afraid of the distance, but it didn't matter."

Raines came to Pimlico Friday and schooled Foolish Pole in the paddock, walking him around for an hour. The horse tends to be fractious, especially in new surroundings.

"We try to place ourselves in the best company and our horses in the worst," said Raines, meaning he seeks to find spots where they can win.

Foolish Pole's victory was his first since last July when he won the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park. He had been second in his most recent outing, the Spend A Buck Stakes on the turf at Monmouth.

Clash by Night was a sharp second to Saratoga Dandy in the Sir Barton Stakes on Preakness Day, missing by a head, and as most Dick Small-trained horses do, came flying at the end to gain the place and $15,000.

The Deputed Testamony honors the surprising 1983 Preakness winner and is for Maryland-bred horses.

NOTES: Trainer Scott Regan accounted for both ends of yesterday's early daily double with two horses he had claimed after their previous outings, Gold Pinch and Ardent Arab. He got the latter for $14,500 from King Leatherbury, who promptly re-claimed the horse yesterday for $8,500. . . . Maryland betting outlets handled nearly $5 million on Belmont day, including $1,491,433 bet out of town on local races and $2,230,000 wagered here on out-of-town events.

Pub Date: 6/09/96

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