Power By Far's 14th career win comes in Hoover Stakes

February 06, 2000|By Pete Bielski | Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Power By Far, a 5-year-old homebred sprinter, has changed the game at peaceful Castle Rock Farm in quaint Unionville, Pa.

The son of Power of Mind made yesterday's $75,000 J. Edgar Hoover Stakes at Laurel Park his 14th career win and boosted his earnings to $490,000. In the process, he kept the trio of trainer Anthony Correnti, owner-breeder Barbara Geraghty and farm manager Pete Giangiulio seeking bigger stakes.

Even with Power By Far facing 10 formidable sprinters, fans at Laurel ignored the 6-1 morning line and made him a strong 7-5 choice. They forgave his performance at Aqueduct in December, when he ran fourth as the favorite.

He responded with his second straight stakes win at Laurel. He won the $50,000 Bowie Stakes in December.

"This is amazing," Giangiulio said. "We can stay at home and go off at 8-to-5, but to do it at a place like New York or here, it's unique for us. We've had some stakes winners and stakes-placed horses, but never have we had a horse like this, not in the 50 years of the farm."

Never an outfit to venture too far from Philadelphia, Power By Far has Giangiulio and company planning a return trip to Laurel for the $200,000 General George Stakes in two weeks.

With jockey Roberto Alvarada keeping Power By Far just off the pace in the Hoover, the horse was in perfect position to sweep by the pacesetters at the top of the stretch. A handful of sprinters using the same strategy then created a mad rush for the wire.

But Power By Far prevailed in the 6-furlong sprint, passing pacesetters Romano Gucci and Cat Be Nimble at the top of the stretch and never getting headed the rest of the way. He finished in 1: 09.33 and paid $4.80.

Four horses finished less than a length behind, with Wise Dusty getting closest but still three-quarters a length behind. It was a neck back to Unreal Madness, another head to Changing Otheguard, and another head to In C.C.'s Honor.

Also on yesterday's card, Mario Pino rode 2-5 choice North Lake Jane to victory in the $40,000 Belair Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

NOTE: Track officials announced that they have increased the purse for the May 13 Pimlico Special from $500,000 to $750,000.

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