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Stem The Tide finishes strong


Stem The Tide charged from off the pace yesterday and won her second straight running of the Carousel Handicap.

But the impressive effort at Laurel Race Course might be the 5-year-old mare's last race.

Trainer Jimmy Murphy said it's likely that the graded stakes winner, owned and bred by Jane duPont Lunger, will be retired and could be bred to Danzig, the nation's leading sire.

"I'd like to keep her around until the Barbara Fritchie [Handicap, in February]," Murphy said. "But she stood in the gate [in that race] last year and I think Mrs. Lunger would like to stop with her now. I'll know for sure in a couple of days."

Stem The Tide increased her career earnings to $394,368, beating her stablemate Part With Pride, by a head. Broad Gains finished third.

Wilson stays in Maryland

Rick Wilson, who was aboard Stem The Tide for the first time in the Carousel Handicap, said he will likely stay in Maryland instead of going to Florida to ride this winter.

Wilson, who lives with his family in Sykesville, had planned to remain at Laurel until after Christmas and then begin riding at Gulfstream Park, when the Hallandale, Fla., track opens Jan. 4.

But he said that Benny Perkins Sr., his main Florida client, had only taken a dozen horses to Gulfstream, "so it looks like I'll be staying here after all."

Wilson said he will know for sure today.

Steve Rushing, agent for Edgar Prado, said that even though Aqueduct is cutting its live racing to seven races each day, the jockey still plans to start riding there on Dec. 27.

Aqueduct, which races six days a week, will offer 42 live races per week compared with Laurel, which cards 47 live races during a five-day week.


Can't Be Denied, purchased out of the Timonium 2-year-old sales for $35,000 last spring, won his second straight race at Laurel yesterday, defeating Basil's Ghost by 7 1/2 lengths. The horse, which is trained by Carlos Garcia, is owned by a Helmore Farm racing partnership headed by Dale Lucas. . . . Security Alert, one of the starters in the race, died of a ruptured aorta after he crossed the finish line. . . . Bobby Vaughn, former agent for Larry Reynolds, is booking mounts for Kenny Skinner. Skinner did not ride yesterday because of a serious illness in his family.

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