No surprise, Disco Rico gets win in Endless

Vega still on a roll with 6th stakes victory

Horse Racing

March 18, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Disco Rico skipped through the sloppy track and was an easy winner in the $60,000 Endless Surprise Stakes yesterday at Laurel Park.

Sent off as the 2-5 favorite over two rivals, Disco Rico paid $2.80 to win.

In CC's Honor shot to the lead at the start, but was quickly collared by Disco Rico and had to battle the rest of the way with Dr. Max to earn the place by just a nose.

Disco Rico covered the six furlongs in 1 minute, 9.67 seconds and won by 5 1/2 lengths.

Jockey Harry Vega, who has won six stakes races at Laurel Park since the start of the year, piloted Disco Rico for trainer Valora Testerman.

"He broke well and made the lead fairly easily," Vega said. "I had him well in hand through the first half-mile and he was relaxing nicely for me. Dr. Max tried coming up inside of him at the top of the stretch, but at the eighth pole I just shook the reins at him and he opened up.

"He was pretty quiet today [before the race] and that was proven in the way he stayed cool during the entire race. This is a really nice horse."

Testerman wasn't worried about the track condition.

"He trains on the mud some days and he seems to like it," he said. "It was a good race for him. He's such a pleasure to be around. He's just a very exciting horse to have in the barn.

"In the General George [in which Disco Rico finished third], I don't think the seven-eighths was his distance. If it had been a six-furlong race, I think he would have won it."

Testerman said Disco Rico's next race will likely be the Fire Plug at Pimlico, followed by the Demetrius Stakes at Delaware Park and, eventually, if all goes right, the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

NOTE: Today's Laurel Park feature is the $85,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap for older horses. Duckhorn heads a field of six in the 1 1/4 -mile test on the main track.

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