Tripp Trial stopped what could have been a three-stakes losing streak for the Frannie and Jessie Campitelli racing stable yesterday when she won a four-horse photo finish in the $35,000 Skipat Stakes at Laurel Race Course.
Earlier last week, the Campitelli-owned-and-trained Logan's Mist lost a three-horse photo finish to Fairy Garden and Saratoga Source in the $100,000 Matchmaker Stakes at Atlantic City.
Another Campitelli runner, Matchbox Dreamer, finished third as the even-money favorite yesterday in the Bold Irishman Stakes at Laurel.
It seemed like finishing third in a stakes was becoming a Campitelli jinx until Tripp Trial saved the day.
The 4-year-old filly circled the field and came from about 13 lengths off the pace under jockey Billy Moorefield to beat Lip Sing by a head. Jazzy One, who had battled pace-setter Mixed Appeal for most of the 7-furlong race, hung on well to finish third, a head in front of Gaylord's Annie.
Favored Mixed Appeal was apparently worn out after her duel with Jazzy One and finished last.
Tripp Trial is owned by the White Rose Stable of Chris Huber and Ron Slyder, two businessmen from York, Pa.
It was their first stakes win since getting into the business about a year ago and it was also the first added-money victory for Tripp Trial.
"She has a bit of a sway back and is not that much to look at," Frannie Campitelli said. "But when these guys approached me last spring and wanted to claim a horse, I thought she might be OK."
Huber and Slyder claimed Tripp Trial for $25,000 and she has since earned about $150,000 for the White Rose partners.
"I remembered that she had run well as a 2-year-old," Campitelli said. "She returned in a cheap claimer [$8,500] after a layoff, then four or five days later ran a mile and finished second. So when she was entered for $25,000, I took her."
Huber and Slyder also own Matchbox Dreamer, the beaten Bold Irishman favorite who they purchased for $35,000 at the Timonium 2-year-old sales last spring.
New Jersey invader Three Timer won the Bold Irishman Stakes, but had to survive two foul claims to do it. Greg Hutton, riding runner-up Run Alden, and Emeterio Rozas, on fifth-place finisher Cool Fishin, claimed that jockey Mike Luzzi caused interference near the quarter pole. But the stewards disallowed both claims.
Howard and Sondra Bender are running two of their horses in out-of-town stakes today and have taken two of Maryland's top jockeys with them. Larry Reynolds, who rode three winners at Laurel yesterday and is now the leading jockey, rides Maryland Moon in the Red Smith Handicap at Belmont Park. Mike Luzzi is on the Benders' Green Darlin in the Delaware Handicap. . . . Israel Cohen's Montbrook worked a half-mile in a sizzling 45 2/5 seconds at Laurel yesterday in preparation for next Sunday's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.