`Talking' captures Laurel feature

Filly charges past colts in Broad Brush Stakes

Horse Racing

January 01, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Gin Talking, the only filly in the field, blew past Tempest Fugit and six other 3-year-old colts yesterday in the $75,000 Broad Brush Stakes at Laurel Park.

Gin Talking, a daughter of Allen's Prospect who was coming off back-to-back wins in the Maryland Million Oaks and the Anne Arundel Stakes, stalked the pace set by jockey Edgar Prado and Tempest Fugit, then slipped through traffic and outside the leader to win the nine-furlong stakes by two lengths in 1 minute, 52 4/5 seconds.

Tempest Fugit finished second. Inner Harbour rallied from the back to be third.

The winner paid $9.40. She has won seven of nine starts, six stakes and more than $320,000.

Jockey Mark Johnston was aboard Gin Talking for trainer Robin Graham.

"This is my most exciting race this week," Johnston said. "I rode this filly last year, and I feel so blessed to get back on her. I'm just in love with her. You sit on top of her, and she puts herself where she wants to be during the race. You try to get along with her, and she'll take care of business. This really caps off the best riding year of my entire career. I would like to thank all the owners and trainers who have given me the tremendous opportunities I've enjoyed."

Said Graham: "This is the coolest filly to be around. I don't know how much better she can get. She's done everything I've asked of her. This was so awesome. We ran her against the boys because this was the last straight 3-year-old race of the year, and she won her last two so impressively."

Johnston finished 2000 as the leading jockey in Maryland with 292 wins. He had a .226 winning percentage. Ramon Dominguez, who was second with 256 wins, posted a .228 winning percentage, followed by Mario Pino (204 wins, .184), Rick Wilson (180, .217) and Travis Dunkelberger (138, .178).

Dale Capuano finished as the state's leading trainer in 2000, with 132 wins and a .233 winning percentage. Scott Lake, who was second with 107 wins, had a .372 winning percentage, followed by Hamilton Smith (72 wins, .217), Ferris Allen (67 wins, .1485) and Anthony Dutrow (56 wins, .308).

Laurel Park will have live racing today, with a first race post time of 12:15 p.m. The track will be dark tomorrow. Live racing resumes Wednesday with a new weekday post time of 12:40 p.m.

A new admissions and seating policy begins today. For one admission price of $3, fans will get full access to both the Laurel Park grandstand and clubhouse during the day racing card. Free admission will continue for all patrons every evening and on simulcast-only days. Reserved box seats will be available free, on a first-come, first-served basis every racing day except Saturdays and holidays.

The price of the Laurel Fan Friendly program is now $1.25 for all pass-holders and paid admissions.

Daytime simulcast programs are $3.50, and evening simulcast programs are $3.

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