Dr. Banting's Haight win stands up after inquiry Stewards overlook fouls in making result official

June 16, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

In football, offsetting penalties against each team usually mean a play is re-run from the original line of scrimmage.

But in horse racing yesterday, it meant that the result of the feature race stood pat at Laurel Park.

Long shot Dr. Banting, with Juan Umana aboard, benefited from the ruling to score a half-length victory in the $52,518 Walter Haight Handicap, withstanding a stewards' inquiry and two jockey objections.

The trouble started on the first turn of the 1 1/8 -mile event, when Omar Klinger, on Richie The Coach, forced Umana to steady his mount while they were running in close quarters.

On the turn into the stretch, Umana, whipping left-handed with Richie The Coach outside of him, carried Klinger's mount wide.

Then, after they straightened out, Umana's horse lugged in on Say Capp and Edgar Prado, who couldn't get any more run out of his mount.

After reviewing the films for 13 minutes, the stewards made the result official and gave Dr. Banting his first stakes victory.

"Juan [Umana] told us that Omar got him going into the first turn," said steward John Heisler. "Then, Juan carried him out at the head off the stretch. We thought that evened out."

The stewards did not find that Umana's horse impeded Say Capp enough to cause a disqualification either.

"He came into me a little bit," said Prado. "I claimed foul, but I guess my horse would have had to have been faster to win it."

Umana attributed the incidents to "race riding. This was a real tough field of older males and they all wanted to win. If we brushed anybody, or bothered anyone, I wasn't aware of the contact. But, the ultimate decision is with the stewards."

Trainer Charlie Hadry, Sr. is at Rockingham Park to saddle Warning Glance in today's New Hampshire Sweepstakes.

His son and assistant, Charlie Jr., said he wasn't sure Dr. Banting "bothered anybody, but I saw him get pretty close a couple of times. He's so big and strong and when he gets a head of steam he just wants his way."

Richie The Coach finished second, a length and a half in front of 3-to-5 favorite Canaveral, winner of the William Donald Schaefer Handicap on Preakness Day.

Canaveral engaged in a blistering speed duel with Say Capp on the front, running the quarter in 22 4/5 seconds, the half in 46 3/5 and six furlongs in 1: 10 2/5.

"I was a little surprised Say Capp went with me. It killed me as well as him" said Canaveral's jockey Larry Reynolds.

NOTE: In New York, Wekiva Springs drew away in mid-stretch for a convincing 2 3/4 -length victory in the 108th running of the $300,000 Brooklyn Handicap for horses 3 and up at Belmont Park. Wekiva Springs, who ran in the Pimlico Special, is trained by Bill Mott of Cigar fame. He carried high weight of 120 pounds and Mike Smith 1 1/8 miles on the fast track in 1: 46.3 to earn $180,000 for Donald Dizney and James English.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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