'Carnivorous' rallies in Rollicking Colt is front-runner for Md. juvenile honors

December 07, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The goal is the Maryland juvenile championship, and Carnivorous Habit took another step toward achieving it yesterday.

While treated with Lasix and running with blinkers for the first time, the Hickory Plains Farm colt rallied from just off the pace and beat Monk's Falcon by a length to win the $60,000 Rollicking Stakes at Laurel Park.

The victory, coupled with an impressive win in the Maryland Million Nursery Oct. 18, makes Carnivorous Habit the front-runner for the "baby" title here.

Trainer Hamilton Smith said he is pointing Carnivorous Habit for the Maryland Juvenile Stakes the day after Christmas with the intention of wrapping up the 2-year-old honor.

"I think the blinkers helped more than the Lasix, although he did bleed a little bit last time," said Smith.

Owner-breeder Randy Cohen said Carnivorous Habit is named after a line in the Jimmy Buffet song "Cheeseburger in Paradise," but "he is known as "Meatball" on the backstretch.

"We, especially Ham, feel this little colt is coming into his own. Hopefully, he'll run well in the Maryland Juvenile."

It was the 20th victory in 93 starts for Hickory Plains horses this year.

Edgar Prado settled Carnivorous Habit just behind the pace, then urged him to the lead coming off the turn of the 7-furlong race. He drove him to the wire to earn the $36,000 top prize.

"He broke good and we got right in behind the leader," said Prado. "He is really aggressive but easy to handle, and he responded well when asked."

Monk's Falcon held off the maiden long shot Full Brush for second by a half length, with Malaka Head fourth another length back.

The winning time of 1 minute, 24 3/5 seconds was almost three seconds better than when Carnivorous Habit ran the same distance in the Nursery.

Cloverleaf OKs agreement

The board of directors of Cloverleaf Enterprises, Inc. has become the first to ratify the simulcasting agreement reached last week between thoroughbred and harness horsemen.

Cloverleaf, which operates Rosecroft Raceway, still needs approval from its breeders' group to make it unanimous on the harness side. It is expected to be a formality.

"What we have done had to be settled in the legislatures of a lot of other states," said Cloverleaf president Gerald Brittingham. "The people in Annapolis [legislators] ought to be tickled with what has happened."

An $11 million aid to Maryland racing package is due to be voted upon in the next session.


Pat Byrne has been named trainer of the year by the United Thoroughbred Trainers of America, edging Bob Baffert. Byrne's stable star is Favorite Trick, undefeated as a 2-year-old and candidate for Horse of the Year. Prado's two wins yesterday gave him 508 for the year.

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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