Speedy Sweet Misty gives Carousel a very fast ride 4-year-old filly wins in near-track-record time

November 28, 1998|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Sweet Misty likes it cool. And yesterday at Laurel Park, she found the weather, the competition and everything else to her liking.

The 4-year-old filly from Philadelphia Park blitzed six challengers in the $100,000 Carousel Stakes. She sprinted into the lead and continued sprinting all around the racetrack.

After a half-mile in 47 1/5 seconds, she led by three lengths. And then she really started running.

Sweet Misty spurted away around the far turn, stretching her lead to five lengths. She maintained that margin until passing under the wire, smoking the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 48 3/5 seconds, one second off the track record.

"This filly really amazes me," said her trainer, Randy Allen. "She does everything right."

Allen, 36, has been a top-10 trainer at Philadelphia Park for three years. A native of Texas, he moved to the mid-Atlantic because of its concentration of tracks.

Sweet Misty, a Texas-bred daughter of Lucky So n'So, entered his barn six months ago. The filly's owner, the Texan Thomas Landreth, believed that the Texas heat drained Sweet Misty of her desire to run.

"Whatever it is, the cool weather or whatever, it's worked," Landreth said.

This year, Sweet Misty has won half her 16 races. The last two were $50,000 stakes at Delaware Park and the Meadowlands. The Carousel was her first $100,000 score.

She paid a generous $13.60 to win and headed hefty exacta and trifecta payoffs.

Dale Beckner, her New Jersey-based 26-year-old jockey, said Sweet Misty runs best alone on the lead, and that's where she almost always is. Sometimes she lasts the distance. Sometimes she doesn't.

Yesterday, neither the local horses -- Tuzia, Holiday Ball, Snit and Stop That Board -- nor the out-of-state invaders -- Winter Melody and Pocho's Dream Girl -- could threaten her lead.

It took that performance to impress upon Allen, her trainer, the need for Sweet Misty to begin testing better fillies and mares. Allen had also entered her in the $150,000 Top Flight Handicap yesterday at Aqueduct.

He scratched out of that race because he feared it might contain too much speed. But next time, when the top females gather for competition in New York, the horse they chasing could be the speedy Sweet Misty.

Laurel weekend

Today: P Day heads a field of seven 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Annapolis Stakes. Early Warning, an early entrant, will race instead in tomorrow's Congressional Handicap. P Day earned the favorite's role by romping home 7 1/2 lengths the winner Nov. 8 in the Northern Dancer Stakes.

Tomorrow: The $100,000 Congressional Handicap has attracted one of the strongest fields this year in Maryland. Among the 10 entrants in the 1 1/4 -mile race are Concerto, winner of two stakes this year after competing in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness last year; Early Warning, a recent stakes winner at Aqueduct; Algar, winner of the last two Maryland Million Classics; Testafly, the beaten favorite in this year's Maryland Million Classic, and Warrenpeace and Waited, the second and third finishers in the ** Maryland Million Classic (Waited was disqualified to fifth). As far as racing in Maryland goes, it doesn't get much better than this.

Pub Date: 11/28/98

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