Serela secures Sham Say win

April 15, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jockey Mario Pino threaded Serela between rivals down the stretch and drove her to a narrow victory in the $40,000 Sham Say Stakes yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.

Serela, a 3-year-old daughter of Holy Bull, earned her first stakes victory, besting Weekend Kaper by a head. Broomesse, who battled to the finish line between the winner and Weekend Kaper, was a neck farther back in third.

Serela covered the 8 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 43.17 seconds over a fast main track. She paid $11.40 and topped a $48.60 exacta and a $200 trifecta.

"We were farther back than I thought we would be early, but it didn't really matter," said Pino, who rode Serela for trainer Tony Dutrow. "Tony told me to keep up a good pace and she would run hard. When I asked her, she really kicked in and got us there."

Ramon Dominguez rode five winners (and had two seconds) to regain the top spot in the jockey standings with 23 wins.

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