One bettor wins big at Pimlico finish


For one bettor, the final racing day of the spring season at Pimlico Race Course resulted in a profitable payoff.

The single winner -- who requested anonymity -- took home $137,965 for picking the double triple in yesterday's third and fifth races.

That was the highlight of the end of the spring-summer meeting at Pimlico, which on an overcast day attracted more than 6,000. Combined with the attendance at the intertrack facility at Laurel Race Course, where racing begins tomorrow, the total for the day was 9,880.

Average combined attendance at the two tracks during the 81-day meet was 11,931 -- down 4.5 percent from a year ago. The average handle was $1,680,409 -- down 8.5 percent from last year.

The fifth race also was big for jockey William T. Moorefield of Middle River. On his seventh mount, Moorefield got his first career victory, aboard Live a Little.

Trainer Dale Caupano, whose only representative of the day was Fair Bellino in the eighth race, still took leading trainer honors. Caupano, who also was leading trainer in the summer of 1988 and the fall of 1989, had a 37-34 edge over King T. Leatherbury, who had one winner in five races yesterday.

Edgar Prado, who rode 90 winners during the season, was the top jockey.

Tomorrow's racing card at Laurel will feature the 16th running of the $75,000 Fort McHenry Handicap.

Headlining the race will be Double Booked, a 6-year-old gelding who set a Pimlico mile record of 1 minute, 33 3/5 seconds on the grass in the Grade III Riggs Handicap in May.

Highlighting the 37-day summer session at Laurel will be the second running of the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on July 20. Expected for the six-furlong race is the first meeting of two Eclipse Award-winning sprint champions -- Safely Kept (1989) and Housebuster (1990).

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