LAUREL, MD. 11-01-08---William M. Backer’s Sales Tax was declared the winner after first place finisher Ten Bolts was disqualified to second in today’s feature at Laurel Park, the $50,000 All Brandy Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.

Ten Bolts and Sales Tax emerged from a gang of horses to battle down the homestretch in the 1-1/8th mile test over the firm turf. Ten Bolts bore out under jockey Travis Dunkelberger’s left handed whipping, carrying out and bumping Sales Tax at least once in deep stretch. She finished first by a half-length, but after an objection by jockey Malcolm Franklin and a stewards inquiry, the result was reversed. Post time favorite Miss Lombardi finished third.

“Down the stretch I had a lot of horse and she was about to run right by him (Dunkelberger) and we lost some momentum,” Franklin said.

“My horse was drifting a little bit and she ducked from the stick,” Dunkelberger said. “Once I thought she might have gone too far I pulled her right back as soon as I could.”

Sales Tax, who is trained by Hamilton Smith, paid $7.80. The winning time was 1:51.08.

The daughter of High Yield won the Tippet and Jr. Champion Stakes and finished second in the Holly Stakes last year. The 3-year old filly was winless this year before this afternoon’s victory.

Smith has saddled a winner on seven of the last eight live racing days at Laurel Park to move into the top spot in the trainer standings, one ahead of Scott Lake, 18-17.


The x-rays on Sheldon Russell, the leading rider at the current Laurel Park fall meeting, were negative after a spill Friday afternoon, but the 21-year-old will seek a second opinion next Tuesday, November 4 from Dr. Kornelis Poelstra at University of Maryland Hospital, according to agent Tracy Campola. Poelstra performed back surgery on Russell in late March.

Russell’s promising career has stopped and started several times because of injuries which took him out of action last fall, this spring and again this summer.


Moments after winning Friday’s seventh race, owner Robert Haynes and trainer Dale Capuano announced 9-year-old Wooden Stone would be retired. The son of Sticks and Bricks earned his 14th career victory with a gusty three-quarter of a length score that boosted his earnings over the $400,000 mark.

Wooden Stone began his career as a dirt sprinter in Dickie Small’s barn, winning four races, including a stakes race at Philadelphia Park. After missing two years with injury, Wooden Stone returned in 2005 as a turf router and eventually was claimed by Capuano where he won eight races with 22 in the money finishes in 25 starts.

In 58 career starts, the gelding finished first, second or third 45 times.


Beginning November 5 first post shifts to 12:35 p.m. for the balance of the year, except for Thanksgiving day when Laurel Park will present a special 11:05 a.m. post. The final eight weeks of the year will feature nine live races each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The meet concludes Saturday, December 27.