Adriatic Queen wins Belair by 1 1/2 with rally in stretch Wilson rides N.J. filly to strong Laurel finish

January 19, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Adriatic Queen has a habit of forgetting about her business and looking around during a race.

But jockey Rick Wilson got the New Jersey invader's attention back to the task yesterday and they rallied in the stretch to beat long shot Leave No Prints by 1 1/2 lengths in the $43,800 Belair Stakes at Laurel Park.

It was the first stakes victory for the Florida-bred Adriatic Queen, owned by William Dufour.

"She started acting up and jumping around at about the eighth pole," said Wilson. "I don't know whether it was the gate, the stands or what, but I had trouble controlling her.

"She ran spotty all through, but I got her straightened out and she went on."

Adriatic Queen went off at 3-to-2 odds with a form that included a paycheck in each of her five previous starts. Based at Garden State Park, this was her first start away from the Meadowlands.

Trainer William Hedus instructed Wilson to bring Adriatic Queen from off the pace although the filly likes to speed ahead.

"I wasn't worried too much about the pace," said Wilson. "This filly has good tactical speed."

So, he laid back in third behind Leave No Prints and Prima Neenya, survived when Adriatic Queen lugged in and finished strongly on the outside.

The winning time for 1 1/16 miles was 1: 46 1/5 after Leave No Prints set relatively slow fractions.

Prima Neenya held on to take third from Hazel's Honor.

NOTES: Bill Phillips, 72, a longtime columnist for the Daily Racing Form, died at his home in Florida last week. Phillips worked for the racing "bible" in a variety of capacities for 49 years and was based in Maryland for many of those. He retired in 1991. The first scheduling change in the next month occurs today with live racing. Simulcast racing will be held Wednesday to compensate for today's change. Laurel will hold its normal 10-race card on Super Bowl Sunday with a 12: 15 p.m. post time.

Pub Date: 1/19/98

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