Bronze Abe Battles to Skipat Victory

(from track report)
Samuel F. Bayard's Bronze Abe raced tenaciously from start to finish to win the $75,000 Skipat Stakes over seven filly and mare rivals Saturday at Pimlico.

The grey daughter of Two Punch was hustled to victory by jockey Eric Rodriguez for Hall of Fame trainer Bud Delp.

Bronze Abe left the starting gate alertly and exchanged the lead with Skip The Print four times on her way to the finish line, finally edging ahead at the 1/16th pole and holding off that stubborn rival to win by just a neck. Shiny Sheet finished third.

Bronze Abe covered the six furlongs in 1:10.97 over the fast Pimlico strip. She paid $9.

Rodriguez said, "This is my first stakes win. Mr. Delp used me at Laurel and has been a big help at this Pimlico meet. I'm very excited."

Delp said, "She had a rough trip last time and we thought that she would be a winner there. We were very confident going in here, particularly with an inside post. Eric has got this filly to relax and finish."

Bronze Abe has won six of 17 lifetime starts for just under $225,000. This was her third added money victory of her career. The four-year old won the Heavenly Cause as a two-year old in 2001 and took the Jameela Stakes in February 2002. She also finished in the money in the Maryland Million Lassie and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship two years ago.

(Chart, Equibase)