Storm Tower arrives, sets sights on Preakness


Florida Derby runner-up Storm Tower arrived at the Bowie Training Center from Gulfstream Park yesterday. He will skip the Kentucky Derby.

"He'll be pointed for the Preakness," trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. said. "But he'll have to win something first."

Perkins listed three races -- the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 17; the April 18 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland; and the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico on April 24 -- as possible spots for the colt's next start. Perkins said he plans to confer with Charlie Hesse, one of Storm Tower's co-owners, who is on vacation. "But, so far, that's the plan," Perkins said.

The 16-horse Perkins string that had been stabled at Gulfstream arrived at Bowie. Included in the shipment are Woods of Windsor and Wild Zone.

Perkins said that Woods of Windsor had been running a temperature and will skip the Deputed Testamony Stakes at Pimlico next weekend as well as the Tesio.

Montbrook wins Hirsch Jacobs

The Preakness might have gained another possible candidate when Izzy Cohen's Montbrook scored a front-winning victory yesterday in the opening day $54,150 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes.

It was the third start for the son of Buckaroo, who cost more and came out of the same sale in Florida last year as eventual 2-year-old champion Gilded Time.

Gene Leach, assistant to trainer Dean Gaudet, said he didn't know plans for the colt. The horse lost his right front shoe in the race, but still defeated Perkins-trained Without Dissent by 3 1/2 lengths. Montbrook's stablemate, Mighty Game, finished third.

Montbook was ridden for the first time by Mike Luzzi. Clarence "Jo Jo" Ladner, Gaudet's stable jockey, had his choice of mounts and ended up riding Mighty Game.

Leach said that Speakerphone, the Cohen colt that finished last in the 1992 Preakness, but subsequently won the Colin Stakes at Belmont, is back in training. The horse is a couple of months

from running.

Simulcast date set

Pimlico/Laurel will start taking full card simulcasts from three out-of-state tracks on Tuesday, April 6, track president Joe De Francis said yesterday.

"We will definitely take races from Santa Anita and Keeneland. We'd like to get in the last few weeks of Oaklawn, if we could, and then possibly the New York races," De Francis said.

Fallen jockeys OK

Billy Moorefield and Santos Chavez, who fell from their mounts at Pimlico in the fifth and ninth races, respectively, yesterday, were taken to Sinai Hospital, but have been released.

Moorefield crashed hardest after his mount, Whispering Love, fractured her right front cannon bone near the finish of the fifth race. The horse fell on Moorefield, but a track spokesman said the jockey received no broken bones, "just bruises."

Whispering Love was destroyed by track veterinarian Pat Brackett.

Chavez fell from his mount, Doctor Sonar, after the horse stumbled leaving the starting gate. Chavez was not seriously injured.

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