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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 27, 2000 Thursday, April 27, 2000 Leslie Cromer boots home a number of longshots. By Bob Madison Ever since Barbara Jo Rubin brought Cohesian home to a his- toric first place finish as the first female jockey to win a race, Charles Town has been a track where women have been an inte- gral part of the colony of riders at the local thoroughbred track. There haven't been any Robyn Smith's or Julie Krone's who have made winning at Charles Town a stepping stone toward an upward move to Aqueduct, Belmont, Gulfstream, or Santa Anita But there have been since Rubin's thoroughly choreographed @inning ride to the present, a meaningful percentage of women amongst Charles Town's riders. " Some, like Lori Bourne, have t~een jockeys and then evolved into trainers. And female trainers at Charles Town are another entire story because of their advancing numbers. Both Linda Conn and Paula Salvo have ridden at Charles Town for a meaningful stretch of years. They were at "The Turf Club in Ranson" when the track was billed that way, years before the shut down occurred. And they are still accepting mounts now that the Penn Na- Jefferson's jayvee baseball team had a 12-4 By Ted Black On a day billed as the Maryland Spring Breeders Challenge, Charles Town-based Chez Allie nearly overcame a deep, tiring track and her first attempt at a route distance in a 1 1/16-mile al- lowance race on the undercard at Pimlico. Trained by John McKee for owners Howard Hoffman et al, Chez Allie has spent her entire ca- reer training at Charles Town, but she has spent much of it racing elsewhere. The 3-year old Housebuster filly has now made 10 starts, nine of them outside Charles Town. Her lone outing over her home track was an eye-opening score in the $27,000 Opequon Stakes on March 4. In her other races, McKee shipped Chez Allie as far away as Kentucky to chase good fillies. She scored in her third asking at Dela- ware Park against maiden special weight rivals, then finished eighth to Chilukki, the eventual 2-year old filly champion, in the Grade III Debutante at Churchill Downs. She concluded her freshman campaign with three consecutive second-place finishes last summer, including two in sprint stakes at Laurel Park. She was beaten a half-length by Case of the Blues in the Toddler, then a length by Big Bambu in the Laura Gal before earning a nice vacation. When Chez Allie made her sophomore debut in March in the Opequon, McKee had her fresh and fit. Sent out as the 7-5 choice under John Luzzi ,Jr Chez Allie sped to an impressive 10-length score, cov- ering the seven furlongs in 1:29.3. tional Gaming Company has revi-Rarely does she leave the pad- 'Its') home 4 1/4-lengths in front at talized the place with its height- dock on the betting favorite. And 13-1 on Saturday, April 22. ened pursed structure and im- many of her horses are at 18-1odds provements to the physical plant or longer. Even though her horses don't of- itself, ten leap off the pages of the racing The jockey who annually has But she wins with those form, Leslie Cromer seems to give more rides than other female is longshots, taking Major Quinn to a them a chance to perform at their Leslie Cromer. It isn't unusual to 1/2-length win at 22-1 on Friday, best, whether it be from the 10th see Cromer on six or seven horses April 21 and then getting Its post in a 4 1/2-furlong race or with on a night when 10 races are run. Carmen's Dancer (no apostrophe in a horse whose best runs are late in / record after games throughApril 22. her. After finishing fourth in the $60,000 Smart Halo Stakes at Pimlico in her next outing, she re- turned to Maryland to compete in Saturday's allowance event. Hav- ing drawn the rail, she was sent off as the prohibitive 3-5 favorite with Luzzi aboard. When the gate opened, Chez Allie broke well and was hustled to the front through the first turn. Complacency and Chez Allie were side-by-side down the backside. Around the final turn, Chez Allie was able to shake free of Com- placency and opened a two-length lead. A furlong from home, Chez Allie looked like a certain winner, but Aly's Leader began closing with every stride. In the final 50 a 1-mile-1/16th race. Her horses are always in the most humane of hands. And they seem to sense the care and atten- tion to their well-being she will give them. Another jockey whose winning percentage belies the quality of horse she usually rides is Elaina Sheridan. Her horses don't often bring a high Beyer Rating with them to the paddock, but she boots home a number of 10-1 horses. As with Leslie Cromer, Elaina Sheridan treats her horses with a kind restraint that means they get their chance if the race's pace or tactics provides it, but the horse is not abused if it doesn't win (like it hasn't for the five races before). Rebecca Gazzier is accom- plished enough to have mounts at both Pimlico and Laurel Park in Baltimore. And Keturah Obed likewise can be seen on occasion at both Pimlico and Laurel Park. It takes a jockey of some. repute to get any rides at those two tracks. Terry Henry has actually fin- ished first in the jockey standings at Charles Town. In a given meet or year-long period, she had more yards, Aly's Leader preva~atinv"'~ half-length in 1:46.2. les t Chez Allie, who now s l~ll out 4-1 slate in 10 lifetime s~ak game in defeat. She fini~it ~' lengths in fr o~the" c~ Sudenlylastsummer, W~epres spent her entire career ~0uldl land, and 11 lengths s~ ~iiReefme Darling. Pres, the $75,000 Caesar's ~e~sf: over the same distance. ~ I~ J aker The Blues, who has Wlfso, stakes in four starts and~:~u~ $161,000 this year, rallid h'e pl the Caesar's Wish in 1:47. |~' c~ - E ap : ek Race,:: e~oti P I thL wlnners than anybodY[~' ' or r grounds. ~ t A jockey who came so~r a Io~ I n" no@erstar Penn Nationa a a ~ mostly in Baltimore is l~ n.l) Slysz~bU~o:hen she has a ~r ~Plc Char wn it is almost ~ er.| eeti prime, low-odds contend ff,~: C"~uur8 1 Odessa Clelland re e%Z the ranks of jockeys whes: hr: ol married. Jt~e E ,il'ae s] Kristy Petty can ~e s~-:~a, ere 8 5 horses most racing sess~ 7 As with most of the otiS."lafm doesn't see many 4-5 or ~[r~e odds shining on the ta~U tl when she takes her motmt~,~. n, apron in the post parade. ~jen The women who ride a .~aed Town. are a trusted gro~.I~r~ h~, ble) owners, trmners, and ta~If Way pubhc. ,it~ , u L' They are conscientio ~ They pay at ntion t th, They are dilig %. hardworking. ~L~P w~ There is a strong w thec among them And they are compassi~ete( ~Yer fi The public places its qd: capable hands when it sel~r t] Cromer or Elaina Shef~:~a: with a horse it bets a fe~ of 1 during an outing at the r~s By Bob Madison There are always stories about fascinating individuals or just-as- fascinating horses when the first Saturday in May finds even those jaded about the depths most pro- fessional sports have fallen to giv- ing some attention to Churchill Downs in Louisville and the Ken- tucky Derby In nine days the Derby will again be run as the "fastest two minutes in all of sport". The three-year olds have neverthem near the outer rail in the aux- tenders flock to Louisville. Money, been the 1 1/4 miles of heart, racing iliary starting gate. especially old horse-farm money, is luck, and stamina it now takes to Every owner savors---even tall-king. And everybody knows it. negotiate a distance usually vates over--- the thought of having Isthere a filly like Genuine Risk fraught with the ill racing luck a Kentucky Derby winner, for the betting public to adore? that jockey, trainer, and owner will Trainer's reputations can be Could there be a horse who analyze to their dying day. made or forever tarnished by what could actually run the distance in Too many horses are entered, they do for two minutes on the first two minutes like Secretariat did in sometimes more than 20. There are Saturday in May. 1973 when he clocked 1:59 2/5 as those whose owner or trainer will Nick Zito surfaces with a horsethe only horse ever to manage the 1 never again find a thoroughbred to he likes. D. Wayne Lukas fires any- 1/4 miles in under two minutes. take racing in Kentucky on Derby thing still running after formidible Nobody is searching for another Day. and grueling two-year old cam- Secretariat --- just a reasonable "Just this once, I have a horse paigns. Bob Baffert hypnotizes the facisimile would do nicely. who I can put in the Kentucky press with his effortless charm. Another Secretariat?Never. Derby," think many owners or And Frank Brothers and his wife, Another Genuine Risk? Prob- trainers who never again will rub the former jockey Donna Barton, do ably . . . so let's get one out of a elbows with the farms Calumet,their work 16 hours a day trying to broodmare we have and own the Claiborne, Darby Dan, Gainesway, find a Derby winner, world for a Saturday night think Lane's End, Spendthrift, ThreeThose farms with world-class the owners-breeders from Florida Chimneys, orWalmac, stallions like Mr. Prospector, to California, by way of the United The fields have been so bulky in Danzig, Nureyev, Seattle Slew, and Arab Emirates and all breeding recent years that viable entries Gone West watch the progeny of stations in between. have been all but ruined by draw- their famous sires duel in the sun. This year, trainer Nell Drysdale ing a post position that pushes The fashionable and the pre- has two horses with what look like Kentucky Derby credentials. Oncebeaten Fusaichi Pegasus comes the Churchill Downs with four wins, the last in New York's Wood Memorial. Drysdale and his "Pegasus" will no doubt go off at approximately 5:34 p.m. as the bet- ting favorite. War Chant is Drysdale's other contender. He was second in the Santa Anita Derby in his last race before May 6's Derby. With jockey Jerry Bailey aboard, War Chant will be adored by plenty in the overflow crowd of 115,000 that push into every corner of the twin- spired grandstand and the beer- stained infield No woman has ever saddled a Derby winner. The year 2000 might make trainer Jenine Sahadi and her The Deputy as famous as Citation, Alysheba, or War Admiral before Derby Saturday is gone. Sahadi's horse.won the Santa Anita Derby much to chagrin of Baffert, who had crowed the won- ders of his Captain Steve, a well- beaten third in the same race. Chris McCarron will ride The Deputy. And trainer Sahadi could be the toast of not only Louisville, but the whole of the sporting world should Sunday, May 7's sunrise find her horse the lone remaining candidate for a possible 2000 Triple Crown The winner of the Blue Grass Stakes at nearby Keeneland, High Yield, is one of Lukas' two best chances this year. His other highly regarded--- even by others in racing circles be- sides Lukas---horse is Commend- able, who was a disappointing fourth in the San Felipo Stakes in California. Anees has the probable misfor- tune of being the winner of last year's Juvenile at the Breeders Cup races in the late fall. "Misfortune" because no horse has won the Juvenile and then won the Kentucky Derby. Anees wad fourth last time out, to T~: in the Santa Anita '# ~ ~the Trainer Brothers and h: a: have Mighty, who appe~]t~ ready for any three-ye~ag training before being ~" l~h be~h~r~n ~nehthnBetl ~u e r~' - ~d~;! Frankers Aptitude is a st~~a ~: ner extraordinaire who ~J~ Yo~ efit winningly from fast ~i;- tions in the Derby. .~ Ju~ Second in the Blue More Than Ready, anotha| could go the 1 1/4 in 2:02| to win) if he isn't confi outer wall with other u~= Globalize (first in tl ,DN Stakes), Wheelaway, af. ~ mental favorite Hal~s ~t0r: other possibilities, h~ Hal's Hope was badly It tt Florida in his last race not be in Louisville on MS But should he hear ~ ~r of"My Old Kentucky Ho# Iti Derby horses find the ra0 ~ :~ ter leaving the most fs~ [I ~1 scions paddock in all will have support from eV of the betting public, a Hart Hope has an 8| trainer, who has endur~~. r ferent heart surgeries. ~ A sentimental chO among the ladies in $4 ~ t[l:'= will be Hal s Hope if tici postward. ~ b- ,t ;#! The Derby is nigh' tl I ot say in English betting There will be a rusb~ betting interest in many ~ ~t~,e the non-racing world in~ li~ai And in ninedays at : .~ p.m. Kentucky Derby Time, a cumbersome fiol~~- " year olds will break fre~ ~vit~'e ing gates . . . and the ~ ~i sporting world will st ~~ craning their necks for ~I~,~ utes-plns look at racing'#~t~I~.-. ible spectacle. ~r~s And the Kentucky ~]~. 1 spectacle. L"