Makethemostofit does, prevails in April Run

Late run by Caveat's Shot fails to faze N.Y. victor

May 30, 1999|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

New York invader Makethemostofit dug in gamely to withstand a late charge from Caveat's Shot and won the $50,000 April Run Stakes for fillies and mares at Pimlico yesterday.

The daughter of Easy Goer prevailed by three-quarters of a length over the rallying longshot, who raced erratically through the stretch or she might have posed a greater threat.

The winning time for 1 1/2 miles on a firm turf course was 2: 31 2/5 as Makethemostofit had no difficulty with starting in the outside post in a nine-horse field.

"The mile and a half really suited her stride," jockey Mark Johnston said. "Mr. Toner [trainer James Toner] told me just to get her to settle, take her in behind a couple horses, keep her on the outside and she'll relax. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect trip."

Makethemostofit was in a stalking position for 10 furlongs before taking the lead after the final turn when Bundling, the second choice, backed up.

"I thought Bundling was going to be the horse to beat, but she flattened out," Johnston said. "My filly has a good move when you ask her, and she adds a lot of power to it. She really sustains a bid."

Toner said the horse "takes a couple of races to get going, so I figured today might be her best one [fourth back after a winter layoff]. She's a big, dopey thing who doesn't run well fresh. It's hard to find a distance race like this for her."

Makethemostofit is 4-for-19 lifetime with more than $150,000 in earnings. She won a race named for a mare who won the Washington, D.C., International among eight victories.

NOTES: Beginning next month, the Maryland Jockey Club will launch simulcast transmissions of racing from nearby Charles Town, W.Va.

The West Virginia track was to have been added to the lineup last week, but approval from the state's racing commission and technical hitches delayed the start.

"We hear they're trying to get started June 5," said Dennis Smoter, Maryland's director of simulcasting and audio-video.

Charles Town has been taking the Maryland signal for some time. Fueled by video slots revenue, the half-mile track's purses have been rising for nearly two years.

Next month will also mark some changes in Maryland's racing schedule.

With live racing tomorrow on the Memorial Day weekend, Tuesday will be a dark day this week and the simulcast-only day will be Wednesday.

The following week will start a dark Monday pattern with simulcasting shifting to Tuesday during June. This will apply during the Pimlico meeting, which ends June 20. Live racing begins at Laurel Park June 23.

Pub Date: 5/30/99

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