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Gaudet presses appeal of stewards' call


Trainer Eddie Gaudet alleges that the Laurel stewards made a bad call on Sunday when they failed to disqualify the gelding Glenbarra in the Sir Ivor Stakes and he appealed the judges' decision yesterday to the Maryland Racing Commission.

Gaudet originally claimed foul after Sunday's race, citing interference by Glenbarra against his runner, Polaris Star, in the stretch.

Gaudet claims that Glenbarra's jockey, Mario Verge, "crashed" his way between horses, ripped a bandage off the hind leg of Polaris Star and could have caused Gaudet's horse serious injury en route to winning the race.

"He [Verge] could have come around horses," Gaudet said. "We can't let these riders stop the careers of other horses [in a race]."

Polaris Star, the favorite in the eight-horse field, finished third.

The stewards ruled that Verge and Glenbarra were not at fault.

Several stewards' rulings have recently been questioned in hearings before the racing board. Last week, the commissioners overturned three of the judges' decisions in one afternoon.

Gaudet won two races yesterday at Laurel. One of the wins came with Gallant Impression, a 4-year-old colt who Gaudet lost for $25,000 in a claimer more than a year ago to trainer King Leatherbury.

Leatherbury won with the horse, but was forced to stop with him to perform knee surgery. Gallant Impression made it back to the races a few weeks ago, but was re-claimed by Gaudet for $8,500.

Yesterday, the horse won a $24,500 allowance race by running six furlongs in the quick time of 1 minute, 9 1/5 seconds and defeated runner-up Thrisk by six lengths.

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