With Affection rides to victory before taking break for winter

Lady of the Future second in stakes race at Pimlico

Horse Racing

October 24, 2004|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

She's sassy. And that's how Eddie Gaudet likes it.

With Affection, trained by Gaudet at Bowie, earned her winter vacation with a convincing 1 3/4 -length victory in the $50,000 Japan Racing Association Handicap yesterday at Pimlico. The 3-year-old filly beat older females for her third win in eight races and her first stakes score.

"She's not a big filly," Gaudet said. "That's why we're going to quit on her for the winter. I want her to get big and strong for next year. If she grows any, she might be a good one. She might overcome me."

Gaudet credited his wife and co-trainer, Linda, for her work with the filly. Gaudet picked out the daughter of Red Ransom when she was a yearling at the Keeneland September sale in 2002. New Yorker Morris Bailey, for whom Gaudet trains, paid $20,000 for her.

She finished fifth in her debut last fall, injuring her right knee, Gaudet said. She underwent surgery to have a chip removed, and then, after a seven-month break, embarked upon a seven-race campaign that culminated in yesterday's triumph on turf. The stakes was the last on grass this year in Maryland.

With jockey Richard Monterrey conveying patience, With Affection raced in third before sweeping wide entering the homestretch and powering past the leaders. She completed the 1 1/16 miles on yielding turf in 1 minute, 50.83 seconds. Lady of the Future, the 9-5 favorite, rallied for second, and Feisty Bull held on for third.

Lady of the Future surpassed $500,000 in earnings with her $10,000 payday. Based at Middleburg in Virginia, the 6-year-old daughter of Eastern Echo has won 10 of 34 races and earned $506,796. With Affection increased her bankroll to $96,230.

"If you go to pet her, she tries to bite you," Gaudet said. "If you walk her, she tries to run off. I love it.

"She's a gutsy little thing. Nothing intimidates her. ... Today she proved she's a racehorse."

NOTES: Abbondanza and Mr O'Brien, Pimlico's runners in the Breeders' Cup on Saturday at Lone Star Park, will travel to Texas today after breezing yesterday at their home track. Abbondanza, entered in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, worked a half mile in 46 4/5 seconds, and Mr O'Brien, entered in the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Mile, worked five furlongs in 1 minute, 3 seconds. "Everything is going great, and we're set to go," said Robin Graham, Mr O'Brien's trainer. Said Tim Tullock, trainer of Abbondanza: "He's doing fantastic." ...

Tim Capps, executive vice president of the Maryland Jockey Club, will leave his post at the end of this month to pursue other opportunities. Capps worked for the MJC from 1991 to 1995 and again from 2002 to the present. In between, he served as executive vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. ...

Tapit, winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes, has been retired and will enter stud next year at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky. Trained by Michael Dickinson at his Tapeta Farm in Cecil County, the 3-year-old son of Pulpit was hindered by respiratory problems.

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