D. Guilford an ageless winner 10-year-old gelding holds off challenge to repeat in Basil Hall

August 19, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

D. Guilford still can collect the green from the green.

The ageless wonder, now 10, proved again yesterday that he still has some youth left, out-finishing the mare Oops I Am by a nose to successfully defend his title in the $56,200 Basil Hall Stakes, the closing-day feature at Pimlico.

D. Guilford ran five furlongs on the grass course in 57 1/5 seconds for a third straight victory under jockey Kendra Taylor, this one worth $33,720.

The Guilford Road gelding elevated his record to 32-for-89 lifetime and pushed his career earnings to nearly $500,000. He has 21 wins in 44 turf outings.

It wasn't a walkover. Despite an unusually quick break from the gate, D. Guilford had to dig in hard to hold off Oops I Am, who came at him with a big rush in the final 16th of a mile.

Oops I Am pulled up even with a few strides remaining and appeared to get the best of the final head bob, but D. Guilford stretched his neck at the wire to prevail at 7-to-2 odds.

"He was a little difficult [handling] today," said Taylor. "But he's allowed to be that way as much as he wins."

D. Guilford won his previous two starts in $35,000 and $25,000 claiming company without being taken because of his age.

"I'm just glad this was a stakes and not a claiming race," said trainer J.B. Secor.

Wagering trends continue

Figures for the Pimlico summer meeting show trends continuing: wagering on live cards falling and simulcast handles rising.

The average daily commingled-in handle (betting on races from out-of-state tracks) reflects the greatest increase, 47.3 percent.

With estimated totals factored in for four simulcast days through Friday, the commingled-in handle has climbed by 28.1 percent and simulcast-only days wagering by 25.6 percent. Meanwhile, action on Maryland racing declined by 12.6 percent during this meeting.

Miscellaneous

Apprentice jockey Seth Martinez has appealed his five-day suspension and will be riding at Timonium. . . . The 11th race of FTC Aug. 10 is being declared in dispute by the stewards because of the alleged use of illegal shoes by the winner, No Show.

Pub Date: 8/19/96

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