Pino, Dunkelberger have stakes to themselves on Laurel card

Jockeys share the spoils in capturing all five races

November 18, 2001|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Mario Pino rode the first two stakes winners and then Travis Dunkelberger rode the next three in races leading up to the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park yesterday.

Pino won with Bronze Abe in the $60,000 Heavenly Cause Stakes and with War Native in the $60,000 Rollicking Stakes.

Dunkelberger scored with Gottcha Last in the $75,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes, Grundlefoot in the $50,000 Hail Emperor Stakes and Kimbralata in the $75,000 Stefanita Stakes.

With Kimbralata, the Capuano brothers combined for victory. Gary bred and Dale trained the 3-year-old filly who won her first five races and then lost her next five. Dale Capuano said that she had assorted excuses in her losses, but that "she looks like she's back on track now."

A smiling Dunkelberger said he felt he had to win with Kimbralata because Dale had let Dunkelberger off a mount the race before so that he could ride Grundlefoot for Gary Capuano. Aboard the 4-year-old Grundlefoot, Dunkelberger charged from ninth for a length victory over Cowboy Magic.

Gary Capuano thought enough of Grundlefoot last year to prep him for the Triple Crown series. Foot problems and immaturity hindered the son of Unaccounted For.

"He's always had talent," Capuano said. "I just figured he'd get better with age. I think he's still going to be better at 5. I'm hoping he'll be good enough to run with the top horses."

In the Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes, Gottcha Last repeated her form of last year: Win in the fall. Her trainer, Jimmy Murphy, said the 4-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap doesn't like to run in the summer.

The Laurel trainer won't have the chance to race Gottcha Last next fall. She'll be sold at auction in January at Keeneland. She belonged to Christiana Stables, the racehorses of the late Jane duPont Lunger.

After War Native won the Rollicking Stakes for Maryland-bred juveniles, his trainer, Tony Dutrow, declared: "My bid's in for this guy to be Maryland-bred 2-year-old of the year."

War Native's next objective is the Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes Dec. 31 at Laurel. Dutrow is winning a phenomenal 34 percent of his races. He also trains Saratoga Games, an accomplished Maryland-bred 3-year-old, and Touch Love, a top Maryland-bred 2-year-old filly.

"I want three tables at the awards dinner," Dutrow said, smiling.

War Native won by 6 1/2 lengths. A son of Cherokee Run and Slew the Dragoness, the gelding has won two of his three races. This was his first try in stakes company.

In the Heavenly Cause Stakes, Bronze Abe led every step for a 5 3/4 -length victory. Trained by Bud Delp, the daughter of Two Punch and Buckles and Kinks won for the third time in seven tries. She has never finished worse than third.

"I was just going for a little rocking-chair ride around there," said Pino, her jockey.

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