MATCH series goes down to the wire

On Horse Racing

September 28, 1997|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

The six-month, $4 million series of races known as MATCH (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) concludes Saturday with five races at four tracks -- and the $160,000 bonus for leading trainer and owner still up for grabs.

American Champ, a 3-year-old sprinter, and Cat Be Nimble, a 5-year-old sprinter, will battle to the wire for top overall point earner. Entering the final race of their seven-race series, American Champ leads Cat Be Nimble 26-23.

Horses earn six points for a win, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth or worse. American Champ has won three and finished second twice. Cat Be Nimble has won two, finished second and third once, and fourth twice. Both horses are stabled at Delaware Park.

On Saturday, American Champ is slated to run in the $75,000 six-furlong Montpelier Stakes at Colonial Downs. If he finishes first or second, he clinches bonuses of $40,000 for his trainer, Bob Camac, and $120,000 for his owner, Arthur Appleton.

If American Champ falters, Cat Be Nimble could overtake him Saturday night with a strong performance in the $50,000 six-furlong Mario Beneito Memorial Handicap at Penn National. He could earn the bonuses for trainer Tim Ritchey and owner Candy Stable.

Both horses have clinched victories in their division, worth $20,000 apiece.

Standings overall and in the five divisions follow. All final races are Saturday. At 3 p.m. the next day, Oct. 5, ESPN2 will broadcast a 30-minute show about the MATCH series.

Overall: American Champ 26 points, Cat Be Nimble 23, Palliser Bay 16 (owner Buckingham Farm, trainer Ronald Cartwright), Sangria 15 (owner Erdenheim Farm, trainer John R.S. Fisher), Wild Deputy 14 (owner Star Racing Stable, trainer Reynaldo H. Nobles).

3-year-old sprint: American Champ 26, Partner's Hero 10 (owner Horton Stable, trainer D. Wayne Lukas), Take Aim 9 (owner and trainer James M. Casey), Original Gray 6 (owner Conover Stable, trainer John J. Tammaro III), Smoke Glacken (owners Roberts, Karkenny and Levy, trainer Henry Carroll). Final race: Montpelier Stakes, Colonial Downs.

3-year-old-and-up sprint: Cat Be Nimble 23, Wire Me Collect 13 (owner Arthur Appleton, trainer Bob Camac), Buffalo Dan 8 (owner B.E. Stable, trainer William W. Perry), Appealing Skier (owner New Farm, trainer Benjamin W. Perkins Sr.), Basqueian 6 (owner Frank H. Stronach, trainer Joseph Orseno), Mary's Buckaroo 6 (owner Jackson R. Bryer, trainer Mary JoAnne

Hughes). Final race: Mario Beneito Memorial Handicap, Penn National.

3-year-old long: Leestown 11 (owner Overbrook Farm, trainer D. Wayne Lukas), Bleu Madura 7 (owner Trin-Brook Stables, trainer Uriah St. Lewis), Frisk Me Now 7 (owner Carol R. Dender, trainer Robert J. Durso), Len's For Dinner 7 (owner Westvil Stable, trainer John Rigione), five tied at 6. Final race: $50,000 1 1/16-mile Paterson Stakes, Meadowlands.

3-year-old-and-up long: Wild Deputy 14, Distorted Humor 9 (owner Prestonwood Farm and R.L. Reineman, trainer W. Elliott Walden), Western Echo 7 (owner Harry and Tom Meyerhoff, trainer Grover G. Delp), four tied at 6. Final race: $150,000 1 1/8 -mile Brandywine Handicap, Delaware Park.

Fillies and mares 3-year-old-and-up long: Palliser Bay 16, Sangria 15, Overcharger 13 (owner Gordon B. Stafford, trainer Arturo Rodriguez), Tough Broad 10 (owner Robert E. Meyerhoff, trainer Richard W. Small), Shemozzle 9 (owner Lord Harrington, trainer Christopher Clement). Final race: $100,000 Grade II 1 1/8 -mile All Along Stakes, Delaware Park (transferred from Colonial Downs).

Pub Date: 9/28/97

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