See Your Point makes up for lost time Mare rallies from 5th to lift earnings over $100,000 with Moonlight Jig win

Laurel notebook

December 08, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

See Your Point didn't run until January of her 4-year-old year, but she surely has made up for lost racing time.

William Sire's mare beat older males in her previous start, then came back to competition against her own gender yesterday and rallied from fifth to capture the $51,875 Moonlight Jig Stakes at Laurel Park.

Her $26,325 share of the pot pushed her earnings above $100,000 for the second straight year.

"We bought her for $4,000 when she was a 2-year-old and didn't run her until she was 4," said Sire, the owner-trainer. "She needed some time off and she's been sharp since she came back in October."

Greg Hutton appeared ready to run away with the race aboard Nice of You, a slight favorite over See Your Point. They stretched an early lead into 4 1/2 lengths at the 6-furlong mark of the 1 1/8 -mile event.

Nice of You hung on for a mile before she started to tire badly and See Your Point came charging under Mario Pino to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 1: 50 4/5.

Truth and Beauty leads sale

A mare in foal to Two Punch brought top price of $75,000 at the first round of the Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic mixed sale at Timonium.

It was the second straight year that a mare in foal to a Maryland stallion led the first portion of the two-day sale.

Named Truth And Beauty, she was purchased for Northview Stallion Station in Cecil County with Becky Davis as the agent.

Auctioneer Mason Grasty said gross sales were "up 41 percent from last year."

Et cetera

The winter stakes schedule at Laurel has been released and features the Grade II Barbara Fritchie Handicap on Valentine's Day and the Grade II General George on Monday, Feb. 16. Both carry $250,000 guaranteed purses. Trainers King Leatherbury and Dale Mills have each been fined $500 for use of excessive Bute.

Pub Date: 12/08/97

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