'Moll' in control all way in Cup Filly tops Wolfer by length in Martha Washington win

Laurel notebook

October 25, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The Grade III, $150,000 Martha Washington Breeders' Cup was a one-horse show yesterday.

Mysterious Moll had no real challenges and led from gate to wire in beating eight rivals and winning her third straight turf test for owner Stanley Ettinger.

The margin over Wolfer was a length for the 6-to-5 choice, who took command immediately, stretched her lead to several lengths, then won in 1: 42 1/5 over 1 1/16 miles.

Rick Wilson picked up the mount when regular rider Jose Espinoza's visa expired. The new jockey was impressed.

"I saw her run a tremendous race in her last at the Meadowlands and I felt this field was a lot easier," said Wilson. Del [trainer Del Carroll] said to let her do her own thing and don't let her get bored or she might take a breather. She didn't."

Wilson took off his scheduled mounts at the Meadowlands last night to ride the winner and said "it was well worth it."

Carroll was feeling confident after Wilson guided Mysterious Moll through leisurely early fractions.

"I was breathing a lot easier after that because I knew she was in good shape. She's a big filly who has matured," he said.

Ettinger said Mysterious Moll will start once more this year -- in the Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs Nov. 21 -- then will be rested until her 1999 campaign.

Two riders injured

Two jockeys were thrown in a nasty spill in the first race yesterday, but neither was believed to be seriously injured.

The incident occurred when favored Maxim, with Nik Goodwin aboard, broke down near the end of the backstretch and Sly Joe, ridden by William Moorefield, fell over the top of the pair.

Moorefield was expected to be released from Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital last night after X-rays revealed no fractures of the right shoulder or left leg.

Goodwin was undergoing extensive examination at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after complaining of pain in his lower back. Included in the exams were a check of old fractures in the area.

"What I've heard so far sounds pretty good," said track physician Jerome Coller.

Time shifts

With the change to standard time, Laurel has shifted its post times to 12: 35 p.m. on weekdays and 12: 15 p.m. on weekends.

Pub Date: 10/25/98

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