Leave It To Beezer cruises at Pimlico

Baltimore Breeders' Cup is sixth win under Lake

June 18, 2000|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

He had won his past two outings by eight or more lengths, but Leave It To Beezer wasn't scheduled to face any lightweights yesterday in the $200,000 Baltimore Breeders' Cup at Pimlico.

Then Black Cash, a 1998 Preakness runner trained by the red-hot Joe Orseno, and With Anticipation, another highly regarded invader trained by Jonathan Sheppard, both scratched, leaving Leave It To Beezer and Eastern Daydream as the bettors' choices for the 1 1/8 -mile test.

It was no contest. Leave It To Beezer, a 7-year-old son of Henbane, wrested the lead from Phabulous Code at the three-eighths pole and galloped away to easily withstand Eastern Daydream's closing rush to win by nearly five lengths in 1:49.02.

Claimed by Scott Lake for $32,000 at Philadelphia Park in December, the gelding has six victories in Lake's charge and has never been worse than third in nine allowance and stakes races. His triumph yesterday raised his lifetime bankroll to nearly $400,000.

"I watched him for about a year and I always liked this horse," said Lake, who stables 42 horses here and 52 in Philadelphia. "For a long time, I thought he was bleeding and we claimed him and scoped him. He was bleeding. Now, he just keeps getting better."

Jockey Travis Dunkelberger was along for the ride in a race with little mystery and little strategy.

"He was on cruise control pretty much the whole way," Dunkelberger said. "Down the lane, he kicked in nicely. I just got really lucky to pick up this mount."

Lake agreed that he wasn't really pointing toward this race with Leave It To Beezer, and credited his backstretch help for readying a somewhat ornery horse.

"He's bad to train, the type to run off all the time, so I don't breeze him at all. He rarely gallops," Lake said.

Thunder Flash, another late runner, finished third, yielding the place to Eastern Daydream. Since Leave It To Beezer was not nominated for the Breeders' Cup program, he was running for half the purse and earned $60,000. Eastern Daydream, a Breeders' Cup nominee, received $40,000.

NOTES: Jockey Alberto Delgado won his 2,500th career race in the third race last Wednesday aboard Gossips, who ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:07 1/5 .

Delgado thanked trainers Robert Wheeler, William Boniface Jr., Paul Fout, Leslie Glazier and Luigi Gino, his father-in-law.

"I'm just grateful that I never experienced any traumatic injuries and I'm delighted I've been able to stay healthy enough to keep riding," he said. "I did very well the weeks leading up to the Preakness, but it seemed like the last three weeks my wins were a lot more spread out. The last one is always the toughest." ...

Laurel Park launches its summer meeting Wednesday with free grandstand admission and live program and $1 food and beverage concessions, excluding alcohol. The opening-day feature is the $40,000 Chase Me Stakes at six furlongs. The meeting's showcase is the Grade I, $300,000 De Francis Dash on July 15.

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