Hazel's Honor continues out-of-state trend Filly gets trainer Allard Kattegat Stakes victory

Prado to be honored

Laurel notebook

December 29, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Is there no end to the out-of-state domination of Laurel Park's stakes races?

The trend continued yesterday when trainer Ned Allard scored for the second straight day, sending out Hazel's Honor for a 1 1/2 -length victory in the $75,000 Kattegat's Pride Stakes.

On Saturday's card, Allard-trained Unreal Madness won the Ambernash Stakes for 2-year-olds. This time, the Philadelphia Park-based Allard took the companion 2-year-old filly race.

"The owner [Gil Campbell] has bred some nice 2-year-olds," said Allard. "She ran super. I was anxious to try her a little bit longer."

Hazel's Honor has been tough since adding blinkers and Lasix two races ago. She closed strongly to finish second to Smart Ladys Friend in her last race here Dec. 13 and avenged that defeat this time. Smart Ladys Friend was second yesterday.

"I'll be shopping around to see if I can find something a little farther for her," said the trainer. "At least seven furlongs."

Belles Champ set some solid early fractions while Hazel's Honor bided her time under jockey Wilfredo Lozano, who took her wide on the turn for the drive.

"She was trying to get out and I was trying to hold her in so she didn't bother anybody," said Lozano. "But she had plenty left."

Even-money favorite Citidance Missy had a troubled trip from the outside post and wound up fifth just behind second-choice Smelly Cat.

That left long shots in all three forward positions and the result produced a $4,150.80 trifecta.

Prado Power celebration

Jockey Edgar Prado, who will finish with the third highest yearly win total in racing history, will be honored at Laurel Park on New Year's Day.

Included in the festivities will be autograph and photo sessions from 11 to 11: 45 a.m., a drawing for a Prado Power contest and a check presentation to the University of Maryland Children's Center, Prado's designated charity.

The track will provide a 50 percent savings on all concessions except alcohol and tobacco and the first 3,000 paying customers will receive Prado Power buttons.

Prado had one winner yesterday to raise his total to 533. With only one day of live racing remaining this year at Laurel, Kent Desormeaux's record of 598 and Chris McCarron's second-place figure of 546 are out of reach.

The 30-year-old native of Peru is a cinch to win the North American riding title with Russell Baze, who campaigns in Northern California, approximately 100 behind him.

Et cetera

Apprentice rider Amy Cortez captured her first win yesterday with filly Alden's Rainbow in the first race. She outfinished her husband, Alcibiades, and My Court by a neck in a two-horse stretch run. Laurel will hold a news conference Wednesday, apparently to announce that it will be open every day in 1998 (including Tuesdays) for simulcasting. Apprentice Luis Rivera has been suspended five days for careless riding.

Pub Date: 12/29/97

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