(from Laurel Park report)
Due carried Rosie Napravnik from last to first while scoring an upset victory in the $250,000 Maryland Million Classic. Napravnik, Maryland's leading rider, won three races on the 12-race stakes card for the progeny of stallions standing in the state. A crowd of 24,836 attended, second best total in the 21-year history of the event. Handle figures on the live card were $4,897,708, also the second most in the history of the event. Rob Ry Farm and Jayne Marie Slysz's Due is trained by Dale Capuano. The 5-year-old gelded son of Rinka Das won the 1 3/16-mile race by 2 ¼ lengths in 1:58.38. Diamond David finished second, and Evil Storm was third.
The race was the swan song for 3-10 favorite Cherokee's Boy, who is retiring to stud. Cherokee's Boy, with Travis Dunkelberger, led early, gave up the lead entering the far turn, fought back in the stretch but finally gave way, and finished fifth. His off the board finish triggered large payoffs in the show position.Due paid $21.80, $8.80, and $12. Diamond David paid $16.20 and $22.20. Evil Storm paid $18.20. The exacta paid $280.80 and the trifecta $2,403.60.Napravnik said she noticed how relaxed Due felt as they moved up on the seven-horse field after trailing through the first half-mile."He likes the outside, so I swung out and found a clear path for him and started to really ride and, when he turned for home, I knew he had a good chance ... he gave me everything he had."Capuano said he wasn't happy about the slow pace of :24 3/5 and :48 set by Cherokee's Boy."He started moving on the backstretch, and I started getting a little happier," he said. "I know that Cherokee's Boy didn't run his race today, and that really helped us. We were pointing for this race, so I'm not sure where we'll go from here."Cherokee's Boy ends his career with 19 victories in 48 starts for earnings of $1,177,946, 12th best among Maryland-bred horses. Owned by Baltimore natives Foard Wilgis and Dave Picarello, the son of Citidancer collected a check in all but one start, the 2003 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). He will stand at Maryland Stallion Station in Baltimore County.SILMARIL SHINES ONCE AGAIN IN DISTAFF
Five-year-old Silmaril, a local favorite, scored her seventh lifetime stakes victory, this time in workmanlike fashion as she put away post time favorite Yolanda B. Too to win the $150,000 Baltimore Examiner Maryland Million Distaff.Chris Grove trains the daughter of Diamond. Ryan Fogelsonger guided her under the finish line in 1:23 for seven furlongs on the main track. Yolanda B. Too, with Jeremy Rose, finished 3 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Immune To Gloom rallied to take third.Silmaril paid $5.60 as second choice in the wagering. Her previous claim to fame was a victory in last year's Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. III) over champion Ashado. She won the 2004 Maryland Million Oaks at Pimlico.The win catapulted Silmaril over the $550,000 in earnings. PRIVATE SCANDAL SHOWS GRASSY ACUMEN IN TURF
Private Scandal became the third Not For Love offspring to win a race on the Maryland Million card when he swooped a gang of runners at the top of the lane and drew off to win the $150,000 Capital Bank Maryland Million Turf.Jockey Horacio Karamanos moved Private Scandal wide down the backstretch and sent the 6-year-old around eight horses at the top of the lane in the 1 1/8-mile test. They completed the distance in 1:47.56 and won by 2 1/4 lengths. D.J.'s Hero beat the rest to be second, and Quantico Joe finished third.The winner paid $8.60. Peter Bazeos trains him for owner Ioannis Korologos.SMART AND FANCY HOLDS ON TO WIN OAKS
Jeremy Rose made all the difference when he held Smart And Fancy together to win the $150,000 Maryland Million Oaks. They staved off a determined assault by For Kisses and jockey Rosie Napravnik to win by a half-length. It was the third Maryland Million win on the afternoon for Rose. The 27-year-old rider now has eight Maryland Million wins, tied for fourth overall with Julie Krone and Mark Johnston.Anthony Dutrow trains Smart And Fancy. The daughter of Not For Love won the Maryland Million Lassie in 2005. She went to post as the 6-5 favorite and paid $4.60. Her winning time was 1:37.34 for one mile on the main track. Smart And Fancy is now six for nine lifetime. She won the Beautiful Day Stakes at Delaware Park in July and placed in the Twixt Stakes in August.IRONTON DOMINATES IN SPRINT
Ironton came into the barn of Scott Lake on Sept. 8 after being claimed for $25,000. The Not For Love horse rewarded TradeWinds Stable, his new owner, with its second victory on the Maryland Million program, this time the $150,000 Maryland Million Sprint. Two races earlier they took the Maryland Million Nursery with Clifton Park.Ironton and jockey Jeremy Rose had to survive a claim of foul before they would be awarded the winner's trophy, but it was Two Heros, racing close to the winner, who was bothered by Love's Strong Hart and not Ironton. In the end, Ironton was declared first, post time favorite Celtic Innis was second, and Love's Strong Hart third.The winner paid $6.80 and completed the six-panel distance in a impressive 1:09.54, winning by 6 ¼ lengths.Progeny of Not For Love have now won at least one Maryland Million race for five consecutive years.DEBBIE SUE STORMS TO VICTORY IN LADIES
Debbie Sue bounced her way through traffic and bounded away under jockey Jeremy Rose to a big win the grassy, $150,000 Maryland Million Ladies.Debbie Sue won off by 3 3/4 lengths in 1:47.63 for the nine-furlong distance. Sticky got up in the last jump to nip Rowdy for second. She paid $15.Debbie Sue, a 5-year-old Citidancer mare, is trained by Hamilton Smith and owned by Fred Greene Jr.SPECTACULAR MALIBU MOTORS IN LASSIE
Spectacular Malibu, making her second lifetime start, gave strong indication that she'll be making waves in the future when she raced to a 3 3/4-length victory in the $125,000 Maryland Million Lassie.Bred by Charles H. Hadry and owned by Country Life Farm, Spectacular Malibu is a grey/roan daughter of Malibu Moon and granddaughter of Spectacular Bid. She's trained by Mike Trombetta at Laurel and was ridden by Julian Pimentel. Spectacular Malibu covered the seven-furlong distance in 1:25.3. Expected Pleasures made a late run to take second, and Paying Off was third. Co-favorites Akronism and What Time It Is were both off the board.
The winner, who won her maiden start at Laurel Park Sept. 27, paid $8.20CLIFTON PARK STEALS OFF TO WIN NURSERY
Rosie Napravnik sent Clifton Park to the lead, then looked back only once as they sped to victory in the $125,000 Maryland Million Nursery. Clifton Park, a son of Allen's Prospect, made it victory number two on the day for both the rider and the sire.Clifton Park covered the six furlongs in 1:25.07 for seven furlongs. They won by 2 1/2 lengths. Crypto Prime rallied to take second. Man In Grey chased the leader into the turn but tired to finish third. Clifton Park paid $6.60 as the post time favorite. The colt is a perfect three for three for trainer Bruce Jackson. Napravnik rode him last time when they won the Oliver's Twist Stakes at Laurel against fellow Maryland-breds.Clifton Park is from the final crop by Allen's Prospect. The sire died in 2003 after standing his whole career at Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Maryland.DELIVER THE ROSES KNOCKS OFF MALE RIVALS IN TURF SPRINT
Deliver The Roses, the only female in the field, upset 10 horses and geldings to win the $100,000 Maryland Million Turf Sprint.The daughter of Same Day Delivery was part of a scramble for the lead. She raced in second just outside the leader to the turn and wrested control heading into the stretch. Deliver The Roses and jockey Erick Rodriguez won by 1 3/4 lengths over speedy Tommie's Star. Bingobear, the 4-5 post time favorite, never mounted a threat and finished fifth.Deliver The Roses paid $43. She covered the five-furlong distance in 55.91. Bobby Leaf trains the six-year-old mare for Paul Hartman.(Chart, Equibase)