Laurel to hold infield party, too Moving corporate tents for Md. Million 'worth try'

Winsox takes Find 'Cap

July 20, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A little bit of the Preakness infield magic could be coming to Laurel Park for the 13th running of the Maryland Million on Oct. 17.

Maryland Jockey Club president Joe De Francis said yesterday there is a good possibility five or six corporate tents will be moved this year from the apron at the head of the Laurel stretch to the infield for the first time.

A final decision on the move will come later this summer, said De Francis.

"It will be more festive and fun for the people in those tents in the infield than at the head of the stretch," he said. "It's worth a try."

When asked if the Laurel infield for the Maryland Million would ever be opened up to the public like the Preakness infield is, De Francis said, "There wouldn't be much use for it. We have a half-million square feet of space under roof here at Laurel."

Meanwhile, Gilded Youth, a 10-year-old gelding, grew a little older yesterday chasing 7-year-old Winsox in the $75,000 Find Handicap featured stakes race at Laurel Park.

Winsox ran away to a 3 1/2 -length victory over the favorite, 6-year-old Ops Smile, and Gilded Youth was a nose back in third place.

Gilded Youth has become something of a sentimental favorite lately, having established a Laurel Park course record for 1 3/16 miles on turf with a time of 1 minute, 53 3/5 seconds in winning the sixth race last June 27.

Robert Colton rode Winsox to the impressive victory and said, "We got the rail, slowed it down and from there he ran a huge race."

Winsox trainer J. William Boniface said, "Bobby did a great job of getting to the fence. The horse likes the rail and at this point he couldn't be better."

Winsox, the second choice yesterday, and Ops Smile are stablemates for Boniface and followed their usual patterns.

Winsox led virtually all the way over the 1 1/8 -mile race on turf and finished in 1: 50 3/5 seconds. He paid $5, $2.60 and $2.10.

Ops Smile came from next to last and won a battle with Gilded Youth for second, paying $2.40 and $2.10.

In three stakes races this season, Winsox has improved each time. The bay gelding ran sixth in the Grey Beret at Delaware Park and second at Laurel Park in the Fort McHenry.

Winsox is owned by Richard Granville, who bred the son of Deputed Testamony.

Granville said, "This win is particularly special because Winsox is out of a mare we own and love [Miss Verbatim]."

Laurel's week

Post time: Wednesday-Sunday, 1 p.m.

Dark: Today

Simulcast: Tomorrow

Information: 410-792-7775 Out-of-town simulcasts: For results, scratches, call 410-792-7464.

Pub Date: 7/20/98

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