White Mountain Boy Scales Laurel Test

(from Laurel report)
White Mountain Boy got away to the lead and was never challenged in Wednesday's $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park, winning easily by six lengths.

Sent to post as the 6-5 second choice under jockey Abel Castellano Jr. in the 2-year-old Maryland-bred test, White Mountain Boy covered the nine-furlong distance in 1:51.49 and beat 3-5 favorite Cryptic Skier and four others

Phil Schoenthal trains the Meadowlake colt for Michael Gill. The win marked the seventh stakes victory in Maryland for Team Gill this year, tying Sondra Bender for the top spot in the local standings. White Mountain Boy is a perfect three for three during his juvenile campaign, including a win in the Rollicking Stakes via disqualification.

"Nobody wanted it so I let my horse take the lead," Castellano said. "It was an easy pace and when it was time to ask him and the horse came close to him, he knew it was time for running. He's a nice horse."

Noted Schoenthal, "I've learned a whole lot about this horse in the last week and a half. I was glad to see him run well. I told the owner about a month ago that I thought we had a Triple Crown runner or at least a horse that's going to give us a thrill and I'm glad he proved me right here."

White Mountain Boy paid $4.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Cryptic Star returned $2.10 and $2.10. Kwame, who finished 16 1/2 lengths behind the winner, showed for $2.10.

(Chart, Equibase)