`Weisner' wins Laurel stakes

March 03, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A wall of horses parted before him and Magic Weisner barreled through to win his third stakes race in a row, this time the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes yesterday at Laurel.

Odds-on favorite Touch Love, the only filly in the field of five, tired and finished last.

Touch Love, a two-time stakes winner, had been expected to take the lead in the 8 1/2 -furlong race, but two geldings were bent upon denying her the front.

Root With Style rushed outside and passed the filly early and Majestic Sir joined the pair down the backstretch. Magic Weisner and jockey Phil Teator bided their time in fourth.

Two furlongs from home, the trailers, Magic Weisner and Invent, were parked behind a phalanx of horses. As the charge to the finish got under way, the wall parted and Teator sent the son of Ameri Valay charging through.

Magic Weisner finished 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Invent in 1:44 4/5. Root With Style was third.

The winner paid $6.20.

Magic Weisner, with Teator aboard, has won four straight, including the Maryland Juvenile Championship and the Goss L. Stryker.

Of yesterday's race, Teator said: "I sat off the leaders, looking for somewhere to go. An opening happened and he exploded through. He's something else."

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