Dale Capuano became the 27th trainer in North American racing history to
win 3,000 races when he sent out Father Mudd to capture the ninth and
last race Thursday at his home track, Laurel Park in Laurel, Md.
Capuano, 49, was greeted with signage and a special presentation in the
Laurel winner’s circle following the two-length triumph by Father Mudd, a
4-year-old gelding bred and owned by Steven Newby. Kevin Navarro was
aboard Father Mudd, who returned $12.40 as third choice in the $5,000
Capuano had gone winless with 12 starters since notching his 2,999th
victory Feb. 15 at Laurel with Angels Concerto. Father Mudd was his last
of three starters Thursday at Laurel.