Timonium ends with increases in handle, attendance Simulcast betting key to boost

Dunkelberger captures jockey title

September 08, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Timonium Race Course closed its annual 10-day meeting yesterday with attendance and overall handle showing increases.

Including simulcast betting, the handle was up 11 percent over 1997 totals, although on-track wagering declined by almost 2 percent -- to $2,937,013 for the meeting.

Attendance rose 7.2 percent to a total of 46,281.

"The increase is in simulcasting, but that's the way it is," said general manager Howard "Max" Mosner. "I think we had an outstanding meet with $1.428 million and two $50,000 Maryland-bred stakes. That is astounding for Timonium.

"The response by the Maryland horsemen showed how they jTC appreciate it. We never had any trouble filling races."

Yesterday, Charles Town-based Travis Dunkelberger demonstrated his short-track prowess again, riding three winners to capture the jockey title with 14 victories. That was five more than Larry Reynolds and Alberto Delgado, who tied for second.

Dunkelberger shared the crown last year with Mark Rosenthal. Reynolds scored the 2,400th win of his career aboard Goldminers Dream during the meet.

King Leatherbury was shut out on the final card, but held off Dale Capuano, eight wins to seven, to take the trainer title. The defending champ, Jerry Robb, was third with five wins.

The top five trainers divided $10,000, with Leatherbury receiving $4,000.

In the feature, the $40,000 Winning Colors Stakes, Valay Bullet sped to the front quickly under Greg Hutton and rolled to a 5 1/2 -length triumph over Latifah.

It was the final-day stroke for Robb, whose horse drew off easily.

"I knew this was going to be a tough race, so the idea was to get out there fast," said Robb.

"She's a nice filly," said Hutton. "All I had to do was pull the trigger and she did the rest."

The favorite, Samdanya, flipped in the gate, bobbled and was eased in the final half-mile. Second choice Smelly Cat also bobbled, raced wide and finished ninth.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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