Bay Eagle gets revenge, victory

He overtakes Marciano to win by a neck at Pimlico

Horse Racing

April 01, 2001|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

He had won once in eight previous starts and was handily defeated by Triple Crown hopeful Marciano the last time they clashed at Laurel Park.

But yesterday was Bay Eagle's turn, as the grandson of Alydar came with a determined rush on the outside to edge the 3-to-5 favorite Marciano by a neck in the $60,450 Private Terms Stakes, the feature at Pimlico Race Course.

Bay Eagle covered the 1 1/8 miles over a track rated fast in 1:50 2/5.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez craftily saved ground near the back of the pack during the early stages of the race, swung Bay Eagle wide with a quarter-mile remaining, and then engaged in a determined drive against Marciano, who had taken the lead from pace-setting Charlie's Cards after a mile.

"I knew it was going to set up for him because there was a lot of speed in the race," said Dominguez. "I rode him a couple of times short, but he definitely wants to go longer. He needs a good warm-up because he's a laid-back horse. But if you ask him to go, he goes. He was ready in the stretch."

Trainer H. Graham Motion was in Florida on business. But, the farm manager of the winners' owner, Lazy Lane Farms, Inc., Frank Shipp, said the Federico Tesio, a Triple Crown prep, might be next on Bay Eagle's schedule depending "on how he comes out of this race. We're leaving our options open."

Bay Eagle's only previous victory was a 12 1/2 -length romp under maiden special weight conditions in January at Laurel. . In his next outing 20 days later, he was third, 3 1/4 lengths behind Marciano in the Miracle Wood Stakes.

Bay Eagle had finished in front of the highly touted Marciano Sept. 9 at Delaware Park in what Shipp called "a rough race with a lot of trouble. Basically, he's a one-run horse, so you just have to play it by ear."

Marciano has been first or second in seven of his past eight races, missing only in the Grade III Gotham Stakes when he was fourth.

Meanwhile, Bay Eagle was off a mysterious performance at a Gulfstream Park allowance where he was beaten by 20 1/2 lengths in finishing fifth.

"If you throw out his last race, he's always had a pretty good showing," said assistant trainer Adrian Rolls. "Ramon did a good job and it looks like the longer distance suits him well."

A wagering hit

With a guaranteed net pool of $25,000 and low 14 percent takeout, the Pimlico Pick 4 has proven popular during the first week of racing and will be extended through April 8.

A large opening day crowd poured $45,667 into the pool, but that was eclipsed yesterday with $48,005 wagered. Thursday's intake of $36,435 was the lowest of the first four programs. Twenty-three bettors with the 5-1-8-8 combination on yesterday's card received the highest payoff to date, $1,794.90.

The takeout marks nearly a 12 percent reduction from that taken on other exotic wagers.

Simulcast schedule

Effective Tuesday, the Maryland Jockey Club will conduct simulcast operations seven days a week.

The Tuesday offerings will include a mix of racing from Hialeah Park, Philadelphia Park, Tampa Bay, Beulah Park, Suffolk Downs, Fairmount, Sportsman's, Delaware Park, Turf Paradise, Garden State, Freehold, Monticello and Dover.

Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and the operation will close at 8 p.m.

Late racing from Northern California begins Friday and the target closing time on Friday nights will be 2 a.m.

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