Free House's return worth weight

Gray draws top weight for Pimlico Special

May 03, 1999|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Free House, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap in his last start, has drawn top weight of 124 pounds for Saturday's $500,000 Pimlico Special for handicap horses.

The gray returns to Pimlico for the first time since the thrilling three-horse finish with Silver Charm and Captain Bodgit in the 1997 Preakness.

Real Quiet, last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion, was assigned 120 pounds, seven more than Littlebitlively, who beat him by a neck in the $250,000 Texas Mile last month.

Third-high weight of 118 went to Precocity, who finished second in this race to Skip Away last year and beat Real Quiet in the New Orleans Handicap two months ago.

Others set to answer the call are Early Warning (112), Fred Bear Claw (112), Brushing Up (111) and China Show (106).

Free House and Real Quiet are scheduled to arrive at the track Wednesday.

`Terms' wins Eckman

A six-month hiatus proved no deterrent to La Reine's Terms yesterday as the veteran turfer scored his fifth win on grass in the first running of the $60,000 Charlie Eckman Mile at Pimlico.

It was the colt's first race since he was placed first through the disqualification of Adcat in the Japan Racing Association Stakes last Nov. 14.

Jockey Steve Hamilton -- who also won Saturday's Woodlawn Stakes aboard Holditholditholdit -- was on La Reine's Terms for the first time and steered him through a mile in a brisk 1: 35 after Tyaskin and Desktop set a lively early pace.

Second choice Hardy's Halo rallied for second.

The Eckman Mile is named for the long-time Baltimore sportscaster who was a coach and official in the NBA. He died in 1997.

Members of his family were in the winner's circle to present the trophy to La Reine's Terms' connections.

Preakness card announced

The Preakness Day post-time schedule has been released with a 12-race card beginning at 10: 45 a.m.

A 12th race -- to be contested on the turf -- was added for the first time this year. The Preakness post is set for 5: 27 p.m.

Pub Date: 5/03/99

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