LAUREL -- If All Told could tell all, she likely would say she is trying her hardest.
Her trainer, Steve Casey, is in a slump. But for proven horsemen, Casey believes, the right way out of one is to be "like a basketball player -- keep shooting, keep plugging until it starts coming back."
And that's exactly what All Told has been doing. One of 10 3-year-old fillies entered in today's $50,000-added Gay Matelda Stakes at Laurel Race Course, All Told has been second or third in her past seven starts.
"She's a hard knocker, and I've got to think she fits in there," Casey said.
Casey, 36, knows something about picking spots. He was jockey Chris McCarron's agent in 1977, McCarron's last full year of regular riding in Maryland.
"Dickie Small's filly [Happily Ever After] is the one to beat," Casey said of the opposition in the 1 1/16-mile Gay Matelda. "She ran a powerful race last out."
Happily Ever After, winner of her past two starts, is the probable second choice to Give Her a Hand. Said Small: "I hope we're happily ever after the race."
The Gay Matelda is the 10th event on a 12-race program that concludes with the simulcast of the Hutcheson Stakes from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.
* Apprentice Charlie Fenwick III has been suspended seven days for his ride aboard Ironed Out in the last race Tuesday. The penalty will begin tomorrow.
Fenwick, 17, figures to be joined on the sidelines by apprentice Raphael Verderosa, who was on The Most Hated Man in the second race yesterday. Entering the stretch, the horse veered in sharply, bothering Lanahan.
NOTES: Mario Pino had an adventurous day, riding three winners and falling off another. He was not hurt when Miss C W S spilled him soon after the start of the fifth race.