Spill sends Santiago to emergency room Head injuries feared, but tests prove negative

Pimlico notebook

June 21, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A spill near the sixteenth pole in the fourth race yesterday at Pimlico sent jockey Manuel Santiago Jr. to the emergency room at Sinai Hospital for tests for possible head injuries.

All tests late yesterday afternoon proved to be negative, and Santiago was sent home.

Santiago had Ship Out in good position on the rail for at least a second-place finish when the 3-year-old filly appeared to stumble on a hole and went down, throwing her jockey in the five-furlong race on turf.

Santiago got up and walked off the track without any apparent injuries, but he was later examined by Dr. Jerome Coller, who sent him to the hospital.

"I was concerned about some kind of head injury," Coller said. "I couldn't find anything wrong, but I sent him to the emergency room to play it safe."

Ship Out escaped without injuries in the race that She's No Ten won by a neck over Expect Excellence.

Field suits Weather Vane

Weather Vane ran away to a 3 1/4 -length victory yesterday in a four-horse field in the featured $69,281 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico.

The 4-year-old dark bay filly showed why she was the richest member of the field by breaking sharply, having good speed inside and driving across the finish line ahead of favored Little Sister, who was second.

Weather Vane, the third choice at 3.6-1, entered the Skipat Stakes with earnings of $525,377 and added $46,875 yesterday with her third victory of the year.

Owned by Par Four Racing Stable, trained by Dick Delp and ridden by Mario Pino, Weather Vane traveled six furlongs in 1 minute, 9 4/5 seconds, four-fifths of a second off the track record.

Weather Vane had finished fifth and fourth in her previous two starts, but Delp said: "She was 10 lengths wide on the turf and got beat by a length and a half. In the race before that, she was trapped down inside and couldn't do any running. Some people had written her off after those two races, but she was really running today."

Pino said: "When she hit the one-quarter pole, she took off like a shot. Mr. Delp said we might as well go for it. I knew we had more speed than they did."

Del. slots break records

Slot machines at three Delaware race tracks broke records in May for amount of money played.

Delaware Park had the best month in its 29-month history of slots with $224.6 million gross.

Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington combined last month to bring in a record $412.3 million gross.

In all, according to the Delaware Lottery Commission, the 29-month totals for the three tracks is $7.5 billion gross.

Pimlico-Laurel week

Pimlico post time: Today, 1 p.m.

Laurel post time: Wednesday (first day of meet)-Saturday, 1 p.m.

Dark: Tomorrow

Simulcast: Tuesday

Information: 410-542-9400

Out-of-town simulcasts: For results, scratches, call 410-792-7464

Pub Date: 6/21/98

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