Our Commander wins Maryland Juvenile

December 13, 2009|By Sports Digest

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Horse racing Laurel Park
Philip Capuano's Our Commander circled rivals and outfinished Not Abroad to win the Saturday feature at Laurel Park, the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship.

Contested at 7 1/2 furlongs over the fast main track, the race attracted seven Maryland-bred 2-year-olds, including post-time favorite Petecarol, who set the pace before giving way to Not Abroad around the turn. A premature move to the front by Nick Petro, the rider of Not Abroad, left the door open for a late challenge from Our Commander and jockey Josean Ramirez, who hooked Not Abroad in deep stretch and edged to the front to win by a half-length.

"The last three-sixteenths, I started asking him," Ramirez said. "I wasn't moving very much, but then I kept riding and riding like it was going to be the last race ever and just won it. I've been working him every morning. I can see him improving a lot. He's a nice little horse."

Ramirez is now 3-for-3 aboard the son of Tenpins. The duo teamed up for Our Commander's maiden score at Laurel on Sept. 25 then won an allowance race here on Oct. 24.

The winner finished in 1 minute, 31.78 seconds, and paid $9.60.

- From Sun staff reports

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