Last December, Good Scout made his career debut at Laurel Race Course for trainer Ben Perkins Jr. The colt raced greenly, but Perkins was optimistic that the colt could become top quality.
He did, after all, win that maiden race by nine lengths. And when he remained unbeaten in three starts yesterday at Pimlico Race Course, winning the $18,000 feature by three easy lengths, his progress toward stardom continued.
"Beats an empty stall," said Perkins' assistant, Scott MacKinnon, in gross understatement.
The colt has been lightly raced, said Perkins' father and stable manager, Ben Sr., because of "tender feet. He's a runner, that's for sure. We'll have to see how he comes out of this race before we decide what's next."
Good Scout, a son of At the Threshold, won his second start at Gulfstream Park in January by two lengths. He was nominated to the Triple Crown but was not healthy enough to become a contender for the classics.
Perkins Jr., whose large stable is divided between Maryland and New Jersey, was not present to saddle the colt yesterday.
* El Hero's victory in yesterday's sixth race gave veteran trainer Vinnie Blengs his 16th winner in the past 18 racing days. Since the seventh race May 21, Blengs has won with 16 of 39 starters (41 percent).
"Everything he's running is winning," said Edgar Prado, who rode El Hero and who has pulled away to a 77-67 lead over Mike Luzzi atop the riders' standings during the streak. "I'm glad for that, because I ride so much for him."
* Apprentice rider Tim Peterson had the best day of his career yesterday, winning with four of seven mounts at Pimlico yesterday.
The 23-year-old Spooner, Wis., native was an equal-opportunity winner. He won with favorites Encaustic ($5.40) and Fran's Boy ($8.20), and he brought in long shots Sawmill Run ($46) and Mutant Ninja Sandy ($34.80).
Peterson, second among apprentices behind Charlie Fenwick, is sixth in the riders' standings with 46 winners.
NOTES: Two of Maryland's top handicap horses will be out of action for varying periods. Jet Stream will be unable to return until late fall after suffering a fractured cannon bone, said trainer Jack Mobberley, and Chas' Whim will be out for about 2 months. . . . Blue By Who goes for his eighth victory in 9 starts in today's ninth race. . . . Little Bold John's heads a field of 11 older runners in tomorrow's $50,000-added Chieftain Handicap on the Pimlico turf. . . . Tomorrow's out-of-town simulcasts: the Ohio Derby from Thistledown and the New Hampshire Sweepstakes from Rockingham Park. . . . Jockey Michael Hunter will be out for about 6 weeks after fracturing his hand in a spill last week. . . . Jockey Mary Wiley will be sidelined for 2 to 6 weeks after fracturing two ribs in a morning training accident. . . . The first steeplechase race at Pimlico in 40 years will be run Sunday. . . . Maryland trainer Charles H. "Larry" Lamparter, 84, died earlier this week of a heart attack. Services are tonight at 7 at Fleck's Funeral Home in Laurel. . . . Rhythm, 2-year-old champion of 1989, ran his last race in Saturday's Nassau County Handicap. The colt probably will be sold by Ogden Phipps to Japanese interests.