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Baldski's Choice gets leisurely send-off


One of Maryland racing's longtime favorites, Baldski's Choice, will make his final public appearance at Pimlico Race Course today.

The 8-year-old gelding, owned by Arnold Heft and trained by Jerry Robb, is being retired after seven years, 96 starts and $568,818 in career earnings.

"He's been good to us and we thought it was time to let him relax and enjoy some leisure time," said Heft.

Baldski's Choice will be paraded in front of the fans at the track, and a brief ceremony will honor him in the winner's circle.

He made his last start at Pimlico on April 3, finishing seventh in an allowance race.

Overall, Baldski's Choice won 18 races and finished in the top three in 30 other races.

* Best Pal was top-weighted at 126 pounds yesterday for the $700,000 Pimlico Special on May 9.

That represents a 1-pound increase over the weight he carried to a 1 1/2 -length victory in the Oaklawn Handicap on April 11 in his fourth straight win.

Twilight Agenda -- third in the Oaklawn and second in the Santa Anita Handicap, both victories for Best Pal -- received 122 pounds, a drop of 1 pound from their previous meeting.

Best Pal's trainer, Gary Jones, has expressed reservations about the weight differential and will make his final determination whether to run in the Special after a last tuneup by the horse Sunday or Monday.

NOTES: Trainer Annette Eubanks has been granted a stay of her 15-day suspension, pending a Maryland Racing Commission hearing. . . . Larry Reynolds rode four winners, including all three in the Pick-3 and 17-to-1 shot Working Late in the eighth-race feature. . . . Jockey Frank Douglas fell shortly after the start of the third race, but appears to have suffered no serious injuries.

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