Captain Bodgit surges, claims Laurel Futurity Owner Susini's only horse extends win streak to 5

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November 03, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

For the proprietor of a one-horse stable, Phyllis Susini is doing just fine in the racing business.

Her one charge happens to be Captain Bodgit, who extended his winning streak to five yesterday by out-finishing Concerto by three quarters of a length in the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Futurity.

"Look out Cigar. We've only got five more to go," trainer Gary Capuano said after the Florida-bred Captain Bodgit came from off the pace under jockey Frank Douglas to win his first graded stake.

The Laurel Futurity was once a huge 2-year-old race for future champions like Secretariat, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid and Honest Pleasure.

Recently, the race has been moved from dirt to turf and back again, shifted through three distances and downgraded from Grade I.

But it is still prestigious and the victory was doubly satisfying for Susini, who lost the stakes-winning My Manuscript when the horse broke down during a morning workout.

The runner-up, Concerto, carried the Kinsman Stable silks of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who attended the race.

"He [Captain Bodgit] looked like he could run," said Susini, who bought the colt privately from Dr. Edward Wiest near Ocala. "He did a 36 [seconds for three furlongs] in the morning."

Capuano said Captain Bodgit may now go to Florida himself to prepare for the Triple Crown because, "there really is not a whole lot here for the rest of the year.

"The sky's the limit. We wanted to get past this step first. We'll talk about that later, but this horse is just getting better and better."

The victory was also uplifting for journeyman Douglas, who has ridden the horse through all six of his starts.

"Being on a horse like this really helped me boost my career," said Douglas.

Coming around the final turn in the 1 1/8 -mile test, Captain Bodgit began taking dead aim on the top two (Concerto and previously unbeaten betting choice Carrolls Favorite) from a four-wide lane.

"I knew I got him running and he kicked in pretty good," said Douglas. "The other horse had a little left and it was just a matter of seeing who was best to the wire."

"This horse has that determined temperament," added Capuano. "He doesn't like to lose."

In his first effort around two turns, Captain Bodgit finished in 1: 49 2/5 on a fast track.

10 set for Selima Stakes

Ten 2-year-old fillies are scheduled to go postward in today's feature, the Grade III, $100,000 Selima Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

Among the choices should be Reach the Top, second in the graded Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park in her last outing, and the speedy Fancy Freda, who will be making her first trip around two turns.

'Richie' rolls in co-feature

Richie The Coach turned in a powerful performance in yesterday's co-feature, falling just two-fifths of a second short of the track record for 1 1/16 miles while beating Maryland Million Classic winner Frugal Doc by 10 lengths. Frugal Doc nosed Greatsilverfleet in a photo for second.

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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