`Revenge' brings it home in Gold Digger

Mare, 7, holds off Lipstick for win in $60,000 stakes

May 31, 1999|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

If there is a better bargain in horse racing than Incredible Revenge, it would be difficult to find.

The 7-year-old mare, purchased for $800 as a weanling, brought her lifetime earnings to nearly $500,000 yesterday with a front-running victory in the $60,000 Gold Digger Stakes at Pimlico.

It was the 17th victory in 25 starts on the grass for Incredible Revenge, who seized the lead from the rail in the five-furlong race and fended off several challenges from Lipstick, who was second, 1 1/4 lengths behind. Favored Ayrial Delight rallied for third after lagging early.

"She goes out and gives you 110 percent," said winning jockey Elaina Sheridan. "She broke really sharp and I had to use her a little more than I wanted in the first quarter to get clear. She's such a pro; she'll just relax for you the whole way if you need to.

"When I turned for home, she was still plenty full of run. She finished with something left."

Incredible Revenge, by Raja's Revenge out of Incredible Moment, has won 21 of her 46 career starts and been in the top three 33 times.

"I didn't know if I had my money's worth when I purchased her," said owner-trainer G. Marion England Jr. "She seems to be almost as good as last year, but at some point you have to start thinking about the time to quit. That's when it's time to be a broodmare."

Lipstick, an impressive winner at five furlongs in her previous start, ran a game race from the outside, but could never seriously challenge Incredible Revenge, who finished in 58 seconds flat.

"It's hard to believe she's as good at 7 as she was last year," said Sheridan. "This is what Mr. England lives for. He only has one other horse and gets up to train them every day."

Trainers remembered

The Maryland Jockey Club will honor nine thoroughbred trainers who have died since last Memorial Day during today's holiday card at Pimlico.

Races have been named in the memory of Henry Clark, Charles Dewald, Richard Dutrow, John Fagan, Robert Hilton, Cornelia LaCoste, H. Steward Mitchell, Jessie Murray and Caroline Stewart.

Family members of those saluted will be feted at a luncheon and they will later present trophies to the winners of the races named for their respective relatives.

Miscellaneous

Badge, who ran third in the Preakness, underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from his left knee. If all goes well, he could resume training in July and return to the races by September. Gary Stevens' first week in England will culminate Saturday with his ride aboard Beat All in the Epsom Derby. He starts his new career in a claiming race tomorrow evening.

Pub Date: 5/31/99

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