Headwind can't stop Disco Rico

Favorite romps by 3 1/2 in breezy Pimlico feature

Horse Racing

April 08, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In CC's Honor popped to the lead, but that was the last time he saw the front, as 3-10 favorite Disco Rico stormed passed him in the first eighth of a mile and drew away to an easy victory in the $75,000 Fire Plug Stakes yesterday at Pimlico.

Racing into a stiff wind down the home stretch, Disco Rico and jockey Harry Vega cruised under the finish line in 1 minute, 9 3/5 seconds for the six furlongs over a fast main track. In CC's Honor made a valiant effort to keep pace with the winner, finishing 3 1/2 lengths behind in second. Dr. Max rallied to be third. Monk's Falcon trailed.

The winner paid $2.60 to win and $2.10 to place. There was no show wagering. The 2-6 exacta returned $6.20.

Disco Rico is a winner of seven races in 13 starts. The Valora Testerman-trained sprinter, who is based at Pimlico, won two stakes races at Laurel Park this winter, the Hoover and the Endless Surprise, both under Vega. Disco Rico is owned by Alfred Dirico.

"This horse was a good horse long before I got on him," Vega said. "Lorrie Testerman has done a fantastic job keeping him on top of his game. We discussed our strategy yesterday so as not to interfere with the race day. I ride this horse with total confidence."

NOTE: Trainer Scott Lake had a banner day, as his barn saddled winners in seven races at area tracks. His successes came at Pimlico (three winners) and at Delaware and Philadelphia parks.

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