Weekend at Pimlico

April 29, 2000|By Bob Pickering


With wet weather playing havoc on local turf racing, both of Pimlico's weekend features have a good chance of being switched to the main track.

When 14 runners passed the entry box for the Ben Cohen Stakes, two runners wound up on the alternate list. The 16th running, scheduled for 5 furlongs on the grass, is worth $60,000.

It is a wide-open affair in the betting. In the event the Cohen goes on turf, Buying Rain should get some play.

The 7-year-old gelding turned in a solid effort at Laurel last November after being out of action for six months. Absent since that effort, he has recorded several sharp works at Fair Hill this spring.

Polish Vision is another coming off the sidelines. The Bowie-based runner won the Livingston Stakes over a yielding course at the Meadowlands last autumn. Other noteworthy opponents are Sport d'Hiver, Rogers Pass and Just Call Me Carl.


A full complement of fillies and mares are entered for the eighth running of the Gold Digger Stakes.

This event, too, has a two-horse alternate list. The 5-furlong dash, also scheduled for the turf, is worth $40,000. If a Maryland-bred wins, the purse swells another $20,000.

Lorline and Rangeley Lady, neither of whom have won on turf, may share the role of favorite. Both are coming off stakes victories here this month.

Rangeley Lady won the Primonetta while Lorline owns a victory in the In The Curl Stakes.

If the weather cooperates and the Gold Digger goes on turf, look for action on Flying Renee and Quick'n Smart, divisional winners of the Egret Stakes at the Meadowlands last autumn. Both fillies are making their first start of the year.

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