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Lloyd wins with Wild Lady A


Jockey Jeff Lloyd fared better with the fillies over the weekend than he did with the colts.

He was beaten by seven lengths in the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash on Saturday, riding a tiring Blushing Julian, the 4-year-old colt who carried highweight of 123 pounds, and finished seventh.

But Lloyd, who is based at Philadelphia Park, stayed overnight and instead of getting hot and dirty at Laurel Race Course yesterday, ran away from the field in the $35,000 Skipat Stakes aboard the 4-year-old filly Wild Lady A.

The horse had never run in Maryland, but local fans bet her down to a 3.90-1 second choice, behind favored Mixed Appeal, winner of the Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel last winter.

Peter Angelos' Cormorant's Flight, embarking on another campaign after spending a few months on the shelf, set the pace but faded on the turn after being pressed by Lea Carter.

Lloyd swept to the lead after the front-runners tired. He drew out to 4 3/4 -length victory over a rallying Flash Number Two. Mixed Appeal never asserted herself and finished seventh, beaten by 13 lengths.

It was the fifth stakes victory for Wild Lady A. The well-traveled filly previously had won added-money races at The Meadowlands and Philadelphia and Monmouth parks.

Wild Lady A. is inbred to former Horse of the Year and leading sire Bold Ruler. She is owned by Katherine Koontz of Ocala, Fla., and trained by Floyd Snyder. For many years Snyder was based at the Charles Town Races, but he now trains a small stable at Philadelphia Park and The Meadowlands and winters in Ocala.

Lloyd, who has won more than 3,500 races, ranks 40th on the all-time list of winningest jockeys. He currently is sixth in the Philadelphia standings.

The Skipat ended a mid-summer stakes marathon at Laurel. The track carded four stakes over the weekend. Out-of-town jockeys Craig Perret, the De Francis Dash winner aboard an impressive Cherokee Run, and Lloyd won two of the races. Local jockeys Santos Chavez and Edgar Prado won the other two stakes, on Canton River (Cavalier Cup) and Take Heed (Caveat Maryland Million Handicap), respectively.

NOTES: Highland Crystal, who is stabled at Laurel but hasn't raced in Maryland this year, won the $159,900 River Downs Budweiser Breeders' Cup by a half length over Freewheel yesterday at River Downs in Cincinnati. The 6-year-old mare is trained by Barclay Tagg. Tagg also has gone on the road with a couple of his other Laurel-based horses, Royal Mountain Inn and Pescagani, recent winners at Belmont Park. . . . Team Valor finished last in the De Francis Dash with Demaloot Demashoot, but will try again at Laurel on Sunday, closing day for live racing at the summer meet. The California-based stable will send Icy Warning here for the All Brandy Stakes. . . . With five days of the meet left, the jockeys' race is tightening among Mark Johnston, Edgar Prado and Mario Pino. Johnston leads with 33 wins followed by Prado (31) and Pino (26). . . . Maryland-based mares Crowned, Brilliant Brass and Green Darlin won the last three runnings of the Delaware Handicap. But when the the Grade II race was carded yesterday at Delaware Park, there were no Maryland entries. The $150,000 stakes was won by New York shipper With A Wink.

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