Friday, February 16, 2007

Maryland Update

Oprah Winney Wins Barbara Fritchie Breeders' Cup Handicap (GII). Jockey Mike Smith rode the winner for trainer Tony Dutrow. Tony was subbing for his brother Richard who is serving a 14-day suspension. Oprah Winneybeat seven other fillys and mares in 1:24.92 for seven furlongs. Laurel Park based Silmaril rallied to be second. Smart and Fancy finished third.

Future Fantasy Pulls Upset In John B. Campbell Handicap. Future Fantasy pulled off an upset victory in the $115,000 John B. Campbell Handicap, the co-feature on Saturday’s Laurel Park card. He won by 4-3/4 lengths in 1:53.74 for the nine furlong distance. Maryland Million Classic winner Due came in second, and favorite Bank President finished third.

Maryland Jockey Club Honors Rosie Napravnik. The ceremony was supposed to have happened three weeks ago, the day after Rosie broke her back. She was at the track today with news that she should be riding again in 5 to 8 weeks.

Silver Wagon and Edgar Prado are coming to town on Monday for the General George (GII). Click the link to read some good hype on the Laurel Park website. I will be pulling for local favorite Ah Day, but I think he will be greatly out classed.

Ron Franklin will ask the Maryland Racing Commission for reinstatement as a jockey during a hearing Tuesday afternoon. I never saw this guy ride, as Maryland took away his license away in 15 years ago, about 3 months before I made myself a regular at Pimlico. People are making a big deal about this, and he received a good size article in the paper. He does not even have any plans to ride in Maryland. Maryland needs to reinstate him, so he can get a license in Louisiana. Maybe someone can fill me in on why two great mounts on Spectacular Bid in 1979 makes him a hero. This guy has had more chances than Dwight Gooden (Sorry Mets Fans).

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