`Potomac' pulled from Spring Challenge stakes

April 15, 1999|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Potomac Bend, a star attraction of the Maryland Spring Challenge on Saturday at Pimlico, will be scratched from the $75,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes because of what her owner says is a minor injury.

Wayne Harrison, the filly's owner, declined yesterday to reveal the nature of the injury. But he said Potomac Bend's missing the Caesar's Wish will likely mean she won't run in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes the day before the Preakness.

"I'm not going to take any chances with her," said Harrison, who owns a roofing and sheet-metal business in Rockville. "She's too nice a filly."

A Maryland-bred daughter of Polish Numbers and Gravina, Potomac Bend has won all four of her starts convincingly.

Her appearance Saturday would have been a highlight of Spring Challenge Day, which features four stakes for Maryland-breds, plus the $200,000 Federico Tesio Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Lacoste dead at 83

Cornelia Lacoste, a longtime owner and trainer of thoroughbreds, died Monday of cancer at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was 83.

A lifelong resident of Fallston, Mrs. Lacoste trained horses with her husband, Albert, until his death in 1968. Then she trained on her own -- at Charles Town, Timonium and Pimlico -- until her retirement last year.

"She loved it," said Helen Martin, her sister-in-law. "She absolutely loved her horses."

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. today at Lassahn Funeral Home, 11750 Belair Rd., Kingsville. Mrs. Lacoste is survived by a brother, Milton Martin, and a sister, Angela Meise, both of Fallston.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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