Intrigued wins Lady Dean

June 13, 1999|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

First Moon Child defected, then Red's Lady ran in the Serena's Song Stakes at Monmouth Park instead of yesterday's $50,000 Lady Dean at Pimlico.

All the scratching left an expected duel between Intrigued and Petunia that never materialized.

Intrigued controlled the 1 1/8-mile turf race from the beginning and went on to win under jockey Edgar Prado, notching a fourth straight victory.

There wasn't really any mystery about the strategy in a matchup of 3-year-old fillies. Prado controlled a leisurely pace (: 24 1/5, : 49 flat and 1: 13 3/5) and had plenty of horse left for the stretch drive, which turned into a runaway.

Prado was reunited with the filly, getting the mount from Mark Johnston, the regular jockey for second-choice Petunia, trained by Charlsie Cantey.

Maryland's jockey leader had missed Intrigued's last two ventures, once when Chris McCarron got the mount on Pimlico Special day and again May 31 when Johnston took over while he was in Texas.

"She was very impressive," said Prado, who captured four races on the card. "She can go anywhere, on the pace or come from behind. I was really glad to get back on her. I got lucky because Mark chose to ride Petunia."

With the field devoid of any real early speed, Prado chose to go to the front, a tactic not typical of Intrigued's running style. Long shot In a Blink followed close for four furlongs before Petunia took up the vain chase.

Assistant trainer Clark Cassidy -- subbing for James Murphy, who is recovering from a heart attack -- said Intrigued is known as "The Porsche" around the Murphy barn.

"This was the best race she's ever run," Cassidy said. "This time she didn't get roughed up and twisted around. It was a nice race."

Intrigued remained unbeaten over turf and raised her lifetime earnings to more than $75,000. The daughter of Lord at War finished the distance in 1: 49 4/5 without any real pressure.

NOTES: Filly Silverbulletday will start next in the $150,000-added Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks July 10 after finishing seventh in the Belmont Stakes. She was out of her stall Friday for the first time since June 5, jogging at Churchill Downs. "She was going to hurt herself. She was bucking and playing," trainer Bob Baffert said. The Racing Network, a satellite-delivered operation, will launch a channel devoted exclusively to greyhound racing next month. Mike Pindell, who started his career at Laurel, has already won 1,000 races but not officially. Approximately 70 of those were in Arabian races which do not count in Jockey Guild statistics. Today's Pimlico events will feature a $1 million guaranteed pick six pool from Hollywood Park on races 5 through 10.

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