Flitch leaves no doubt, winning McHenry by 1 3/4 Favored Glenbarra has rough trip, finishes 7th

July 05, 1996|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Flitch turned the tables on Glenbarra yesterday at Laurel Park, winning the $112,450 Fort McHenry Handicap, a 1 1/4 -mile race on turf.

In their meeting on Pimlico's grass May 25 in the 1 1/2 -mile Riggs Handicap, Glenbarra, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Michael J. Moran, dominated the odds-on favorite Flitch, winning by 2 1/4 lengths. Flitch finished second.

But yesterday, Flitch, a 3-1 New York invader and 4-year-old son of Demons Begone, overtook the early leaders in the stretch and won by 1 3/4 lengths over the 9-1 Islefaxyou, who claimed second, and the 24-1 Rebuff, an 11-year-old who closed strongly for third.

Glenbarra, the 7-5 favorite, spent much of the race in a bumping match with Penn Fifty Three and finished seventh.

Flitch's trainer, Billy Badgett, said he instructed jockey Edgar Prado to stay closer to the leaders than he had in the Riggs. Prado complied and brought Flitch home for an $8.60 win payoff.

Also at Laurel, even-money favorite Viv, ridden by Mark Johnston and trained by Grover G. Delp, won the seven-furlong, $31,500 Montbrook Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths. Considered a Triple Crown candidate until running fifth March 30 in Aqueduct's one-mile Gotham Stakes, the 3-year-old Viv has been specializing mostly in sprints since.

NOTE: As part of Jockeys Across America Day VIII, the annual national fund-raiser for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, Laurel riders will race from the starting gate straddling large inflated balls between Saturday's eighth and ninth races.

Jockeys at about 60 tracks in North America will participate in the fund-raiser. Started in 1987 by the comedian Tim Conway and the jockey Chris McCarron and his wife, Judy, the fund has assisted 750 injured and disabled jockeys and exercise riders.

Tax-deductible contributions to the MacBeth Fund may be sent to: Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, 505 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 1019, Beverly Hills, Calif., 90212.

Pub Date: 7/05/96

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