Bold Affair wins What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Park

Castellano enjoys spotlight as Bullet Catcher catcher

January 13, 2013|From Sun staff reports

Bold Affair made short work of her seven filly and mare rivals when she galloped to victory in Saturday's feature at Laurel Park, the $105,000 What A Summer Stakes.

Before the start of the race, Bold Affair was reluctant to load and needed the help of several members of the gate crew. Out quickly at the start to engage the pacesetters in the six-furlong test, Bold Affair sat outside Dance to Bristol and Silver Heart before pushing to the front around the turn and pulling away through the stretch to win by 41/2 lengths in 1 minute, 10.61seconds.

Dance to Bristol finished a comfortable second, and Enchante rallied to take the show spot away from Silver Heart.

"She has a little attitude sometimes. It happened to me before at Pimlico, but as soon as we started rolling I knew we would be OK," said Abel Castellano, who rode the winner. "She was feeling comfortable and got to the lead whenever she wanted. Once she switched leads, she took off."

Howard Wolfendale trains Bold Affair, who paid $3.40 as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite. Owned by Charles Reed and Mike Zanella, the daughter of Two Punch won five stakes in Maryland last year (Conniver, Primonetta, Skipat, Maryland Million Distaff and Geisha).

Wolfendale indicated that his star, who has now earned $599,540, would run next in the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade 2) here next month. The seven-furlong test is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Castellano, Maryland's leading rider a year ago, made national news Friday by helping capture Bullet Catcher, a horse who got loose from the Laurel stable area and ended up more than a mile and a half away on U.S. 1. During the chase, the 29-year-old shot video of the adventure on his cellphone.

"Yesterday was crazy," Castellano said. "I think I got my 15 minutes of fame. I got a lot of phone calls from the press and did a bunch of interviews. My family enjoyed all the attention."

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