& Tom Meyerhoff’s Ore Pass broke sharply, sat off the dueling
leaders, then went on the attack and charged by to win this afternoon’s
feature at Laurel Park, the $125,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes for
Pimentel was at the controls of the Mike Trombetta trainee, who
completed the seven furlong distance in 1:24.78, a length and a half
ahead of Alpha Mike Foxtrot, with Lunar Rock finishing a distant third.
Ore Pass paid $5.80 as the betting favorite.
was kind of glad Mike told me just to stay behind the two horses,” said
Pimentel. “When it was time go, just do it. He was kind of getting
bored out there by himself, he was waiting a little bit. That was more
War Pass colt was an impressive debut winner at Laurel on November 24,
then disappointed at Parx Racing as the 3-5 favorite in an allowance
test earlier this month.
really don’t know what happened up there at Philly (Parx Racing). It
was just a horrible experience,” Trombetta said. “We still don’t have a
real good explanation for why he didn’t do so well a couple of weeks
who conditioned 2006 Preakness Stakes (G1) runner-up
Sweetnorthernsaint, indicated Ore Pass could run next in the Miracle
Wood Stakes at Laurel on February 9.
was a great step back in the right direction,” added Trombetta. “We had
those Triple Crown thoughts after the first race like this one was
going to be very good. It seems like the train is back on the tracks.”
line favorite Heat Press and Hanky Doodle were scratched by trainer
Graham Motion. Both will run in a $40,000 allowance race at one mile
here Thursday afternoon.
MCMAHON SADDLES THREE CONSECUTIVE WINNERS ON SATURDAY CARD
Hugh McMahon produced a natural hat trick Saturday afternoon by
saddling winners in three consecutive races at Laurel Park, visiting the
winners’ circle with Espiritu Libre ($2.60-2nd), Speeding Spike ($3.20-3rd) and Bullette ($3.80-4th).
In the first 11 days of the winter meet, McMahon has 10 victories and 20 in the money finishes after 22 starts.
is an amazing stat,” said McMahon, who finished third in the 2012
Maryland trainer standings with 49 scores. “They all work, they all want
to win but ultimately God decides who wins. When I was a jockey, Allen
Jerkens came into the paddock and said it is all about picking up a
check, which keeps the owners involved and pays the bill. I try to put
the horses in spots where they can be competitive.”
McMahon has two horses entered on Monday’s nine-race card at Laurel, including Wolfcamp in the $125,000 Fire Plug Stakes.