At 5-1, A Little Luck cashes in with determined Turf Cup run Colt earns half-length win over N B Forrest at Laurel

November 12, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Trainer Bill Mott decided to skip the race, taking probable favorite Rice out of the betting equation.

Nevertheless, A Little Luck was still a long price -- by the standards of horses ridden by Edgar Prado -- when a field of nine went postward in the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup at Laurel Park yesterday.

Sent off at 5-to-1 odds from the far outside, A Little Luck defied the line by racing to the lead and clinging to it at every mark to win the 1 1/2 -mile event by a half-length over long shot N B Forrest.

With Mike Luzzi in from New York to pilot him, N B Forrest stalked the winner all the way but couldn't overtake him, despite very leisurely fractions.

Prado said trainer Barclay Tagg advised him to "try to save ground on the first turn. My horse was on the front and seemed very content out there. He ran his own race."

Owned by Kathleen Crompton, A Little Luck was purchased from John Alecci this summer.

Tagg said he told Prado to try to take the inside. "You don't have to give him much instruction," said the trainer. "Edgar said there wasn't much speed in the race and he managed to get to the lead easily. We weren't sure he could run a mile and a half. The only way to find out was to try him."

A Little Luck has been on the board in all five of his grass starts. His winning time was 2: 30 1/5 after a 24 4/5 quarter and 1: 15 1/5 for six furlongs.

Although an earlier race was moved off the turf, the feature was conducted on the grass for the first time in three years. The winner was Prado's third on the card.

NOTE: The New Jersey Racing Commission held a hearing Tuesday night regarding Testafly, who tested positive for clenbuterol after finishing third in the Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park Aug. 30. But the panel made no decision about a possible suspension of Maryland-based trainer Dale Mills, who has insisted that he never treated Testafly with the drug, which is used for breathing problems. "They told us they would probably decide something next week," said Alan Foreman, attorney for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman's Association. "They will call us when they do."

Area race schedule

Laurel Park: Live thoroughbred racing 12: 35 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 12: 15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pimlico, Laurel Park and Maryland off-track betting facilities: Simulcasts daily, except dark Tuesday. Pimlico and Laurel Park information: 301-725-0400. Simulcast results, scratches: 410-792-7464.

Rosecroft Raceway: Live harness racing 7: 20 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Simulcasts daily, except dark Tuesday. Information: 301-567-4000.

Ocean Downs: Simulcasts daily, except dark Monday and

Tuesday. Information: 410-641-0600.

Delaware Park: No live racing. Simulcasts daily. Information: 302-994-2521.

Charles Town: Live racing 7: 15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. Simulcasts daily. Information: 800-795-7001.

Pub Date: 11/12/98

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