Deliver The Roses lives up to name in Turf Sprint

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October 15, 2006|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun reporter

Aptly named Deliver The Roses did just that yesterday as she upset 10 horses and geldings in the $100,000 Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up on Maryland Million Day.

Deliver The Roses was a first-time winner for sire Same Day Delivery, who stands at Kris-Nic Farm in Baldwin.

Same Day Delivery, who paid a very healthy $43 to win, was one of three stallions to make the winning sire honor roll for the first time.

Malibu Moon's Spectacular Malibu winning for trainer Mike Trombetta in the Lassie for 2-year-old fillies was a first, as Due winning the Classic was for Rinka Das.

Deliver The Roses completed the five-furlong course in 55.91. Favorite Bingobear never challenged and finished fifth.

"I've been at this 30 years and I was lamenting this was another year there was nothing in the cards for a Maryland Million entry," owner and breeder Paul Hartman of Hydes said. "Then Bobby [trainer Bobby Leaf] said, `We'll run her against the boys' - and my hair stood up on end."

Pino ties Prado

Jockey Mario Pino rode into a tie with Edgar Prado for the all-time wins in Maryland Million races with his victory on Off the Glass, sired by Press Card, in the $50,000 Maryland Million Starter handicap, the second race of the afternoon.

After Pino joined Prado at 16 wins each, there were still a lot of races left on the 12-race card and Pino had rides in six of them, but couldn't find another winner.

"I've been riding all these Maryland Million races for years," said Pino, 41. "I'm just happy to be tied with Edgar. ... But I was disappointed my horse in the first race, P.J. Steve, didn't win."

The horse that won the $30,000 Sprint Starter Handicap was Busy Prospect by Allen's Prospect. He jumped out early, led wire-to-wire, and gave jockey Anna "Rosie" Napravnik the first of three Maryland Million winners.

Busy Prospect was also the 20th offspring of the late Allen's Prospect to win a Million race. When Clifton Park, also ridden by Napravnik, won the 7-furlong, $125,000 Nursery, it was win number 21 for Maryland's leading Million sire.

"This day was created for a horse like him," said Mike Pons, who owns Country Life Farm where Allen's Prospect used to stand. "His offspring have always dominated the 2-year-old races and this is his last crop."

Seven for Silmaril

Silmaril, the 5-year-old mare sired by Diamond, won the $150,000 Maryland Million Distaff under the hand of jockey Ryan Fogelsonger and notched her seventh career stakes victory. It was Fogelsonger's only victory of the afternoon.

Trainer Hamilton Smith sent one horse to post, Debbie Sue, a daughter of Citidancer, in the $150,000 Maryland Million Ladies, and Jeremy Rose, who had three winners on the day, brought her home for owner Fred Greene Jr., beating favorite Sticky by 3 3/4 lengths.

Hunca Munca, claimed for $7,500 last March by trainer John Rigatteri, won the $50,000 Distaff Starter Handicap. Hunca Munca, a son of Yarrow Brae, won this same race 2 years ago.

Lots of love

Not For Love, the 16-year-old sire, who stands at Northview Stallion Station passed stable mate Two Punch (10 Million winners), in their race for top active stallion in Maryland Million races. Not For Love offspring won three times yesterday - Smart And Fancy in the Oaks, Private Scandal in the Turf and Ironton in the Sprint - for a total of 11 winners. Ironton's win was the fourth in a row for a Not For Love sprinter.

On the all-time winning list, that number moves Not For Love into second place with Deputed Testamony, behind all time leader Allen's Prospect.

sandra.mckee@maltsun.com

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