Smiles predominate as Timonium meet ends


Though totals not yet in, session appears success

Horse Racing

September 04, 2001|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Although final figures were not available yesterday, the 120th Timonium Race Course meeting appears to have been a financial success.

"The weather was wonderful, as opposed to last year when we got god-awful weather Saturday and on Labor Day," general manager Howard "Max" Mosner said. "It appears we made a good decision."

Mosner referred to the choice to race eight days with higher purses than 10 days with major cuts in the outlay. With some help from the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Timonium ran for $1.1 million this year, only $200,000 down from 2000 with its two more days.

"After Saturday, we were about $63,000 behind in total handle," Mosner said. "We had a great day that day and it gave us an opportunity to make it up. We needed to finish strong, but it looks good."

`Clone' by a nose

Long shot Clark's Clone rallied from far back and beat front-running favorite Clever Gem by a nose to capture the $40,000 Taking Risks Stakes, the feature race of the day and meeting.

It was the first victory of the year for Clark's Clone, a Horatius gelding owned and trained by Nancy Alberts.

Phil Teator was the winning jockey in a time of 1 minute, 45 2/5 seconds for 1 1/16 miles. Clark's Clone returned $25 to win.

Estrada, Smith titlists

Apprentice rider Alex Estrada captured the jockeys' title with 10 victories during the eight-day stand, succeeding record-setting Travis Dunkelberger.

Journeyman Omar Klinger took the lead with wins in the third and fourth races before Estrada won the fifth aboard Cool Cash and the seventh on Cheap Charlie.

Klinger finished second with nine winners.

The trainers' championship - which carries a $5,000 bonus - went to Hamilton Smith, who saddled five winners. Ron Cartwright was second with four.

`Glitter' ties record

Get My Glitter equaled an 11-year-old track record under Klinger in the fourth race, covering four furlongs in 44 4/5 seconds to win by 3 1/2 lengths over Starthatshines.

The clocking by Gaston D. Sandoval's 9-year-old gelding tied the time run by Big Rose on Aug. 26, 1990.

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