C For the second straight day, a disqualification produced the winner of a Pimlico Race Course stakes race.
This time, Mixed Appeal was the beneficiary, posting her third straight victory after finishing second to Jazzy One in the $50,000 Jacob France Handicap.
The stewards flashed the inquiry sign immediately after Jazzy One, with Joe Rocco up, edged Mixed Appeal by a half-length in a tough stretch drive to reach the wire in 1 minute, 10 1/5 seconds for the six furlongs.
Jazzy One, 8-1 in the betting, had lost the lead briefly approaching the eighth pole, but came back on the rail to beat the 4-5 favorite, with Jo Jo Ladner aboard.
But, in the stewards' judgment, Rocco had been guilty of interference shortly after the start when his mount, in the outside post, clipped heels with Tripp Trial.
Tripp Trial stumbled and finished sixth.
"I had no idea what had happened," said Ladner, who broke from the No. 4 post in the seven-horse field. "When I heard the inquiry, Mario Pino [aboard Tripp Trial] sounded like he hadn't been bothered.
"Then I went to the [jockey] room and watched the TV. It looked like Joe had come over on him a little. So I put back on the silks and came down. I'll take the money."
Two jockeys received suspensions yesterday after Saturday's roughly run Woodlawn Stakes, which included an inquiry and four objections.
Tommy Turner was suspended for seven days beginning today for permitting Winding Trail to drift in through the stretch and impede Logroller, who finished first, but was disqualified and placed third.
Santos Chavez, who rode Logroller, also was suspended for seven days for permitting his mount to impede Raglan Road, who finished third in the Woodlawn, then was placed second.
The bets are in
The final betting totals for Kentucky Derby Day were impressive.
Maryland outlets handled a record $4,467,539 Saturday with the addition of full-card simulcasting from three other tracks.
Pimlico, Laurel, Rosecroft and the OTB site at The Cracked Claw in Urbana handled $912,448 on the Derby, lifting the Churchill Downs total to $1,352,963.
Overall, $1,705,180 was bet on out-of-state races in Maryland and commingling (wagering at out-of-state tracks on Maryland racing) brought in $871,951.
On its second day of operation, The Cracked Claw took in $116,260 on the afternoon racing, with Churchill Downs action leading the way at $56,076.
Prairie Bayou, second in the Derby, does not have history on his side.
Only five geldings have won the Preakness, the last Holiday in 1914. The conditions barred geldings from the race from 1920 through 1934.
Best Pal, fifth in 1991, has the best recent finish by a gelding.