Weekend at Pimlico

May 01, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today

A pair of turf races are on tap at Old Hilltop this weekend, one loaded with novices, the other packed with seasoned veterans.

Mountain Ballad is the lone member of today's $75,000 Woodlawn Stakes with a victory on grass. Along with Rushing Brush and maiden El Serrucho, they are the only entrants in an eight-horse field with turf experience.

Mountain Ballad ships in from Keeneland, where he eked out a nose decision over a classy allowance field. Rushing Brush is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Frederico Tesio stakes but his only outing over the infield resulted in a loss by a head at the Fair Grounds.

Tomorrow

Unlike the Woodlawn, the initial running of the $60,000 Charlie Eckman mile is chock-full of talent.

Tyaskin and Trump Mahal, both owned by Mrs. Frank P. Wright, are coming off place finishes in grass events at Keeneland and Laurel, respectively. Tyaskin dropped a nose decision at long odds in the Shaketown, a sprint, while Trump Mahal finished just a half-length off the winner in an optional-claiming route.

La Reine's Terms was awarded first-place money in the Japan Racing Association Stakes after Adcat's rider struck his rival with the whip.

Pub Date: 5/01/99

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