Carl' tops `Minister' by a nose

5-furlong Cohen Stakes goes to Newby gelding

April 30, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Steven Newby's Just Call Me Carl battled Minister of Decorm down the length of the stretch before edging ahead to win the $50,000 Ben Cohen Stakes by a nose yesterday at Pimlico.

The five-furlong stakes had originally been carded for the grass, but was switched to the main track because of rain earlier in the week.

The race, contested over a fast surface, was won in 57 2/5.

The winner paid $4.20. The 11-1 exacta returned $9.40 and the 11-1-10 trifecta paid $49.20.

Devereux finished third.

Jockey Travis Dunkelberger steered the winner for trainer Dale Capuano.

Dunkelberger, who divides his riding time between here and Charles Town Race Track, said, "He broke really well. We drew the outside post, but then, with all the scratches, we were able to change our strategy.

"We had an opportunity to stalk the leaders and when I asked him to go, he gave me everything he had. It appeared we were going to have our hands full with that other horse, but `Carl' found another gear. I give all the credit to Dale [Capuano] for really having this horse ready."

Trainer Capuano said, "He's a very nice horse, but he's had his share of problems. I didn't work him hard or frequently for this return, after we gelded him. That seems to have settled him some."

Just Call Me Carl is a son of Strawberry Road. Owner Newby said, "We're very excited. This is the first horse to win two stakes for us. It's exciting to see `Carl' run well because all of his winnings are donated to Project Excellence, which is a black youth scholarship fund run by Carl Rowan, the horse's namesake."

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