Prado's charms score win for Magic Broad Selima Stakes triumph is filly's 3rd in 4 starts

Laurel notebook

November 02, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The Selima Stakes was almost a re-run of Saturday's Laurel Futurity.

Just as Millions had the day before, heavily favored Magic Broad prospered under jockey Edgar Prado's tactics to score a 4 1/4 -length victory in the Grade III $100,000 race for 2-year-old fillies.

Prado stalked Timely Irony's slow pace, urged Magic Broad ahead as they entered the lane and pulled away to easily stave off the second choice, Petunia.

"She broke good, was real sharp and was doing everything nice and easy," said Prado, who is closing in on 400 victories for the year. "I showed her the whip near the furlong pole, so she'd keep her mind on business. She had gotten to looking around a little. But she finished running. Most of the race she was just galloping."

It was the third win in the past four outings for the daughter of Broad Brush, who paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10 and completed the 1 1/8 -mile trip in 1 minute, 52 3/5 seconds.

Trainer Richard Small said Magic Broad is perfect while racing, but sometimes difficult otherwise.

"She's very alert and kind of a handful, but Edgar kept her focused and did a good job in the post parade where she normally gets a little fractious," said Small.

Owned by Robert E. Meyerhoff, Magic Broad has raced at four different tracks in her young career and has scored both on the main surface and the grass.

"What she really needed was a route on the main track," said Small.

Next up for Magic Broad is the Grade II, $200,000 Demoiselle at Aqueduct on Nov. 28. Then she'll be pointed toward the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.

"There is a month between those two races, so it should fit right into her schedule," Small concluded.

Election Day dash

A field of 12 -- plus two alternates -- has been named for tomorrow's 10th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Dash on Election Day.

Slated for the turf course at six furlongs, the Dash will feature overnight favorite G H Pleasure breaking from the outside post ++ and shipper Soldier Field seeking a third straight win.

G H Pleasure has beaten such notables as Heckofaralph and is 5-for-18 on grass. Soldier Field -- 5-for-8 on the lawn -- has a win over G H Pleasure.

The leader of the local contingent is Roman Rating, a five-time victor on turf.

Post time tomorrow will be 12: 35 p.m.

Jockey Club pitches in

The Maryland Jockey Club has made a $40,000 donation to the Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund to aid programs for backstretch employees.

Pub Date: 11/02/98

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