Under Wilson, Crosspatch is worth the wait in Campbell

New jockey brings 10-1 shot home a 3-length winner

April 11, 1999|By Pete Bielski | Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A change of riders and a change of strategy paid off for Crosspatch and trainer Berkley Kern in yesterday's $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico.

Kern put jockey Rick Wilson in the saddle for the first time and told the rider to keep his aggressive gelding away from the early pace, his normal preference. The changes resulted in a 10-to-1 upset, as a reserved Crosspatch coasted past front-runners Admiral Bo and heavy favorite Carta De Amor to win by three lengths.

Waited, the 3-2 second choice, rallied from fourth in the five-horse field but was no match for Crosspatch and Wilson. Carta De Amor was third, four lengths behind Waited. Crosspatch finished the 1 3/16 miles in 1 minute, 56.67 seconds.

"Rick Wilson is a money rider," said Kern, who switched from apprentice rider Jozbin Santana to Wilson. "The reason I switched was because I needed someone who was used to riding these kind of races."

Jockey Albert Delgado said he was confident Waited would rally past Crosspatch with relative ease. With a stakes victory and several narrow stakes losses, Waited appeared ready to reel in Crosspatch and his suspect stakes record.

"When we made our move, I really thought we'd go by with no problem," Delgado said. "But he had more left than I thought."

It was the sixth win in 14 starts for Crosspatch, and it gave Kern and owner Frank Bonsal their first graded stakes win.

Yesterday's 44th running of the Campbell was the last time the race would be listed as a graded stakes by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

The Campbell has long been one of the top attractions on the Maryland stakes schedule, particularly when it was run during Bowie's winter meeting. Kelso, carrying 131 pounds, won it in 1963. It was a Grade II race from 1973 to 1983 and a Grade III from 1984 until now.

NOTE: Jockey Julie Krone, who announced her retirement from racing this week, will ride Sudden today at Pimlico in the $50,000 Gala Lil Stakes and Firm Dancer in the eighth race. She also will ride Rushing Brush or Stellar Brush for trainer Richard Small in the Federico Tesio Stakes next weekend in what will probably be her last appearance in Maryland.

Pub Date: 4/11/99

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