Mecke S.

(T 8.5f ,)

TIMO (GR/RO h, 120 lb) $60,000
El Prado (IRE) —Elocat's Burglar , by Criminal Type
B—C.K. Woods Stables, Inc, KY.; O—C. K. Woods Stable; T—William Badgett, Jr.

Imperialism (GR/RO h, 115 lb) $20,000
Langfuhr —Bodhavista , by Pass the Tab
B—Farnswoth Farms, KY.; O—Richard G. Torrone; T—Angel C. Salinas

Cool Conductor (B h, 115 lb) $11,000
Stravinsky —Verinha (BRZ) , by Baronius (BRZ)
B—C. Sczesny, KY.; O—David E. Garner; T—William I. Mott

Margins: ½, ¾, 1¼. Others: Hunting Hillbilly 113($6,000) , Tap Dancer 120($3,000) , Motivus 115 , Flight to Justice 114 , Gambling Native 117 , Zakocity 117 , Shining Hawk 117 , Austin Barber 115 , Mr. Piano Man 117 . Winning Jockey, Eibar Coa.

Timo had his work cut out for him in the Nov. 29 Mecke Stakes on grass at Calder Race Course. The 2-year-old colt by leading turf sire El Prado had to break from the No. 12 post and carry co-highweight of 120 pounds. Neither drawback seemed to have bothered him too much because he won by a half-length as the 7-5 favorite under jockey Eibar Coa after trailing by some four lengths with a furlong to run.

“He’s been a grass horse from the start,” said trainer Bill Badgett Jr. “Before he ever ran, I’d have to work him in company just to get him to go a half in :50. He might have lost a little ground into the first turn, but he (Coa) really got him over pretty well (toward the rail). We’ll take him back to New Orleans, but seriously consider coming back for the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT, Jan. 1).

Timo, who races for Carolyn Kapioltas’ C. K. Woods Stables, went into the Mecke off a score in the Oct. 19 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park. His other win came at Belmont in July. All his races have been on grass.

Kapioltas and her husband, John, live on Fisher Island in Florida. She bought Timo’s dam, Elocat’s Burglar, in training during the mare’s 4-year-old season in 1996 and turned her over to Badgett. Elocat’s Burglar captured the Ticonderoga Handicap on grass for New York-breds for C.K. Woods Stables in her biggest career win. Following Elocat’s Burglar’s retirement from racing, the conditioner suggested Kapioltas retain Elocat’s Burglar for broodmare purposes.

One of two foals from Elocat’s Burglar, Timo was foaled at Dr. and Mrs. A. Gary Lavin’s Longfield Farm near Goshen, Ky. Elocat’s Burglar died this year.

El Prado has sired 46 stakes winners. His 16 stakes winners of 2003 include Medaglia d’Oro (gr. I), Spanish Sun (Eng-II), Senor Swinger (gr. IIIT), El Prado Essence (Can-III), and Mi Pradera (PR-I). El Prado stands at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway. His 2004 fee is $75,000.—D.S.