Irving's Baby shows maturity in Laurel victory

Horse Racing

March 11, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Irving's Baby rolled to her third straight stakes victory yesterday by taking the $60,000 Snow Goose Handicap for older fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Irving's Baby and jockey Ramon Dominguez took the lead in a leisurely 25 1/5 seconds in the 10- furlong Snow Goose, then kept Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Gin Talking at bay the rest of the way. Irving's Baby won by eight lengths in 2 minutes, 3 2/5 seconds over a fast main track. Gin Talking finished second.

"My filly was relaxed and ready to do it," Dominguez said. "We had a comfortable first quarter, and she could have gone a lot faster if she had been pressed. She doesn't seem to get tired. The longer the race, the stronger she gets."

Proud Owner was third. Elusive Runaway trailed.

Irving's Baby and Dominguez captured the 1 1/8 -mile Holly Beach Stakes at Laurel in January and the 1 3/16-mile Maryland Racing Media Handicap in February.

Irving's Baby, who trains in New York under Todd Pletcher, paid $3.40. The Irving's Baby-Gin Talking exacta returned $5.40.

Live racing continues on Sunday with a first race post time of 1:10 p.m. Today's feature is the $60,000 Goss L. Stryker Stakes for registered Maryland-bred 3-year-olds. Ronnie's Hot Rod is set to race seven furlongs against a field of seven.

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