Laurel notebook


Prado keeps the faith in 2 long shots

Maryland's leading jockey, Edgar Prado, will ride two long shots in the $10 million Breeders' Cup Championships tomorrow, but he is not discounting his chances.

Prado says he has a decent shot in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies race on Booly, the Laurel-based filly trained by Vinnie Blengs. "The only time she went long, she won," said Prado, referring to the Selima Stakes at Laurel on Oct. 18. "But that was on grass." This race is 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the Selima.

He also gets another opportunity aboard Jolie's Halo, the surprise winner of the Iselin Handicap at Monmouth on Aug. 8 in the American Championship Racing Series.

Jolie's Halo goes into the big race, the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic against the likes of Defensive Play, A.P. Indy, Pleasant Tap and Strike The Gold.

Since his stunner in New Jersey, Jolie's Halo has not fared well, stumbling in the gate and throwing Prado at the Pacific Classic, then finishing a dull ninth in the Meadowlands Cup.

"He was fine the last time until the last 16th of a mile," said $H Prado. "He just got tired. It could be too long."

Jolie's Halo will be trying to go a mile and a quarter.

Prado will ride on today's Laurel card and fly to Florida tonight because of the early start at Gulfstream tomorrow.

It is his first appearance in the Breeders' Cup.

Cross-simulcasting update

Laurel president Joe De Francis had a "productive meeting" with Rosecroft representatives earlier this week regarding cross-simulcasting, but there is still work ahead.

"We're not there yet," said De Francis. "There are a lot of logistical hurdles we need to overcome."

Both the thoroughbred and harness tracks use AmTote International equipment but De Francis said "we're on different systems. That will take some time."

In addition, the approval of Cloverleaf Harness Horse Organization is necessary on the Rosecroft end.

The officials will meet again on the simulcasting setup and the initiation of off-track betting, which also requires more time.

Trainer Walters suspended

Trainer John Walters of Baltimore has been suspended for 60 days for failing to maintain workers' compensation coverage for a period of more than four years.

The Maryland Racing Commission handed down the action, including a provision that Walters be required to produce a hard copy of a workers' compensation insurance policy when he renews his license.

The suspension is to last through Christmas Day.

Breeders' Cup wagering

Advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup National Pick 7 is being taken at special mutuel windows at both Laurel and Pimlico today.

Tomorrow, these designated windows will handle Pick 7 wagers only although a bet in the exotic pool may be made at any window. The pool is expected to reach $10 million.

The approximate post time for the start of the Pic 7 is 1:50 p.m. Post time for Laurel's eight-race live card, which features the $60,000 Challedon Handicap, is 10 a.m.

Although the Breeders' Cup program at Laurel does not so indicate, triple wagering will be offered on the 10th, 14th and 15th races.


The next meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission is scheduled for Nov. 18 in the clubhouse at Rosecroft, starting at ++ 11 a.m.. . . . Mario Pino, who won the jockey title at the two-day Marlboro meet, continued his hot hand with three winners yesterday, including Overdue Ghost ($19.20) in the $23,000 featured allowance. Walter Guerra had a riding double.

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