Sunday, April 12, 2009
ALL SMILES SPLASHES HOME FIRST IN DAHLIA STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 04-11-09---Cynthia McGinnes’ All Smiles closed with a rush to win the $50,000 Dahlia Stakes contested over the sloppy main track this afternoon at Laurel Park. The race had been carded for the turf but it was switched to the dirt after steady rain, which resulted in six late scratches.
Under jockey Jeremy Rose, All Smiles dropped back to last and was still last starting for home when she split horses and angled to the far outside for the run to the finish line. British Event was the leader at the furlong marker, but First Ascent was rallying quickly along the rail and All Smiles was winging on the far outside. All Smiles finished fastest of all and won by a length.
All Smiles completed the one mile distance in 1:39.12 and paid $8.60. Frannie Campitelli trains the winner. Earlier this meet the daughter of Awesome Again won the Nellie Morse Stakes. She is now three-for-three over an off track.
“When we nominated and we were looking at the forecast because it always rains in April and the plan was to run on the main track if it came off the turf,” Campitelli said. “She seems to do well on the off track. We thought this would be an advantage for us. I am never too confident with her. When she’s shows up she’s better than these horses on dirt. If she got her trip and the real All Smiles showed up I thought we had a really good shot and that’s what happened today.”
All Smiles finished first in the 2008 Maryland Racing Media Handicap but was disqualified and placed second when Rose, aboard Cryptoquip, claimed foul against jockey Luis Garcia. The connections protested to the Maryland Racing Commission but the decision was not reversed. This morning Rose picked up the mount when Garcia’s mount, turf specialist First Ascent, did not scratch despite the race coming off the grass.
“My theory is if you can’t beat them, join them,” said Charles McGinnes. “This morning when we had the choice between Rosie Napravnik, who has ridden her before, and Jeremy we picked Jeremy. When he got off the horse in the winners’ circle I shook his hand and said, ‘I forgive you for last year’.”
The six-year-old mare is now six for 23 lifetime for earnings of $184,020.
ROSE, LAKE AND COLE CAPTURE WINTER MEET TITLES
The 15-week Laurel Park winter meeting ended today with Jeremy Rose, Scott Lake and Robert Cole winning individual titles. The 58-day stand began at the central Maryland track on January 1.
After beginning the year 1-for-24, Rose won 49 of his final 176 mounts to capture the jockey title with 50 victories, 10 more than Luis Garcia to secure his first riding title since capturing the 2007 Laurel winter crown. The 30-year-old rode four winners on two occasions and had 10 multiple winning days during the meet.
“I enjoy riding here and always have,” said Rose, who began his career at Laurel in 2001. “I like the people and it is one of the best winter tracks to ride. You look at Maryland and Hall of Fame riders Chris McCarron, Edgar Prado and Kent Desormeaux basically got their start here and I believe Ramon (Dominguez) will eventually get there too. We thought about riding in New York or Florida this winter but here I get to stay in my house and get to ride good horses for good people. The meet didn’t start off like we wanted but that happens. We finished up strong and have some momentum going into Pimlico.”
Rose won races for 22 different trainers during the meet, including a pair of impressive three-year old first time starters from the Mike Trombetta barn, Despite the Odds and Malibu Joe.
“I have been trying to get into his barn for five years and he put me on monsters,” added Rose, who won the 2005 Preakness and Belmont aboard Afleet Alex. “There are different types of horses. Malibu Joe is going to enjoy the lead and there will be very few that will be able to get ahead of him early. Despite the Odds is more of a classic horse who can go all day. He is a special horse.”
Lake reigned supreme in the trainer standings, winning 44 races, 12 more than John Rigattieri. The veteran conditioner saddled four winners on January 17, three on February 5 and produced nine two-win days. This is the 16th training title at Laurel and Pimlico this decade for the powerful stable.
Cole ruled the owner standings, finishing first 25 times from just 67 starts, an impressive 37% winning percentage. The Howard County native won races with Lake, Rigattieri, Howard Wolfendale and Stephanie Beattie. Michael Gill finished second with his runners earning 16 trips to the winners’ circle.
Final handle numbers will be released next week.
Live racing shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, April 18 for the six-week spring meet, headlined by the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, on May 16. First post for opening day is 1:10 p.m. The day will feature a pair of Maryland-bred stakes races plus a “halftime” concert in-between the fifth and sixth races featuring country music star Darryl Worley.
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