Greatsilverfleet 're-rallies' to win Hail Emperor Stakes Gelding nips Dr. Banting

Laurel notebook

Prado lifts win total to 528

December 22, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

It's called the re-rally and Greatsilverfleet used it to perfection yesterday at Laurel Park.

The gray gelding was overtaken by Dr. Banting in mid-stretch of the $54,750 Hail Emperor Stakes, then gamely came back to win by a nose in his third start since a four-month rest.

His time of 1:55 1/5 for 1 3/16 miles was just three-fifths of a second off the track record held by Taking Risks.

The victorious share of $32,850 pushed the 7-year-old's career earnings past $500,000.

Jockey Seth Martinez played the live rail to his advantage, relaxing Greatsilverfleet just behind pacesetting long shot Run John Run, who ran the first quarter in 23 seconds.

"We wanted to be near the lead and we had the inside post, so we used it," Martinez said. "The horse was relaxed after the first quarter and I saved him enough to hold off Dr. Banting."

Dr. Banting was 1 1/2 lengths to the good of favored Algar in third. Algar had a two-race victory streak broken.

"I was concerned after the first quarter," trainer Dale Capuano said. "But after Seth got him relaxed, I was more comfortable with our chances of winning."

Prado watch

Jockey Edgar Prado captured two races yesterday to increase his yearly total to 528. He is 18 behind Chris McCarron's total in 1974, which ranks second all-time.

He has four more days of live racing at Laurel in an attempt to catch and surpass McCarron.

On Thursday, Prado received a five-day suspension for "riding in a careless manner" during the third race at Laurel as his mount, Dragonryder, veered out in the stretch. Prado obtained a stay and will ride until the appeal is heard.

Laurel hiatus

Live racing at Laurel takes a hiatus until Friday, when the card includes the Maryland Juvenile and Maryland Juvenile Filly championships.

Post times for all live racing days through Jan. 4 will be 12: 15 p.m.

Pub Date: 12/22/97

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