Latest win lets owners of 'C.C.' draw long breath Childs brothers look smart after declining to sell colt

March 16, 1997|By Pete Bielski | Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It took just 82 seconds for In C. C.'s Honor to win the Goss L. Stryker Stakes yesterday at Laurel Park, and in that brief span the Childs brothers found more reasons to look to the future instead of worrying about the past.

Just three months ago, owners Clayton and John Childs were offered $400,000 for In C. C.'s Honor, the prize 3-year-old colt they purchased for $25,000 last year.

But they chose to keep the Maryland-bred son of Allen's Prospect, hoping to counter the potential windfall by winning purse money and enjoying the glory. And they found some glory yesterday as In C. C.'s Honor won his second straight stakes, doing so with ease and pointing himself toward bigger races down the road.

"We asked ourselves, 'Would $400,000 change our lives?' " said Clayton Childs, the 44-year-old twin of John. "We said, 'No.' Yes, we're in this for the money, but we're also in it for the thrill of winning. We're very confident in the abilities of [trainer] Donald H. Barr."

With jockey Omar Klinger scarcely urging the 3-year-old, In C. C.'s Honor used his natural speed to take a comfortable lead in yesterday's seven-furlong race. In six lifetime starts, the colt has led at the quarter-pole five times. Yesterday, he withstood a mild early move by co-favorite Gage Park, then accelerated to a three-length lead entering the stretch.

Klinger used only mild urging as In C. C.'s Honor held off late-moving Waited, who finished second, 1 1/2 lengths behind. Long shot Wickliffe Man ran third. Dr. Best, at 2-to-1, was fourth.

In C. C.'s Honor paid $5.20 to win, leaving a smile on the face of Barr, who must handle the pressure of training In C. C.'s Honor after the Childs spurned the big offer.

In C. C.'s Honor won his debut by 15 lengths in December, which sparked the $400,000 offer. He then followed with a narrow allowance win and a pair of disappointing losses that left the Childs brothers and Barr wondering about their decision to keep the horse. But two successive victories this month have Barr contemplating the $200,000 Gotham Mile at Aqueduct or the $500,000 Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park on March 29.

The Kentucky Derby is definitely not in the picture for In C. C.'s Honor.

"I'm not trying to find Captain Bodgit or Pulpit right now, I'll tell you that," said Barr, the 56-year-old Bowie-based trainer who has saddled dozens of stakes winners. "We'll go to either spot [Gotham or Beam], depending on what looks easier. The thing is, you don't want to [fool] yourself about having a Derby horse.

"This is a nice horse, but he couldn't do the Derby. The Preakness presents possibilities, but that's a ways off now."

If the horse is not ready in two weeks, which Barr said he hopes is not the case, he will likely start in the Federico Tesio at Pimlico on April 19.

In six lifetime starts, In C. C.'s Honor has four victories. He won $36,000 yesterday to boost his earnings to $95,000.

NOTES: Apprentice rider Esteban Unsihuay rode a pair of winners yesterday, giving him five in two days. Today's feature is the $30,000 Blarney Stone Stakes.

Pub Date: 3/16/97

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