Maryland's two high-profile young trainers -- Dale Capuano, 32, and Graham Motion, 31 -- each scored a double on yesterday's card at Laurel Park.
But it was Capuano who had the more lucrative day. His two winners, Bold And Gorgeous in the Davona Dale Handicap and Honorable Flight in a three-horse allowance race that offered win betting only, pulled down $50,625 in purses.
Bold And Gorgeous gave longtime Capuano owners Kate and Everett Ayers of Annapolis their first stakes win. The daughter of Caveat briefly surrendered the lead to the Vinnie Blengs-trained filly, Hadee Mae, around the final turn, but came on again and won by 1 1/2 lengths. Hadee Mae was second, 2 1/4 lengths in front of favored Cherokee Wonder, who was wide the entire trip and couldn't catch the leaders.
The Ayers purchased Bold And Gorgeous as a yearling for $13,000 at the Timonium sales from her breeder, Jeanne Begg Clagett. The Ayers board their breeding stock at Clagett's Roedown Farm in Davidsonville and said they had admired the filly's "plucky" attitude when they watched her run in the Roedown paddocks.
Earlier on the card, Capuano won a rare dirt race with turf specialist Honorable Flight, who defeated Jest Punching by a neck. That race originally had been carded on the turf but was switched to the main track because of recent rains. The move prompted five scratches. Capuano's immediate victim in that race was his younger brother, Gary, who trains a smaller but formidable stable that includes Jest Punching.
Motion scored back-to-back wins in the fourth and fifth races with Hannibaloo and Waqueen, respectively.
NOTES: After today, the Daily Racing Form will no longer publish an edition featuring past performances of races at the Charles Town racetrack in Charles Town, W. Va. According to track spokesman Paul Espinosa, the Form was selling only about 300 copies of its Charles Town edition each day and no longer found it profitable. . . . Juan Umana, who won aboard Bold And Gorgeous yesterday, won the Eclipse Award as the nation's leading apprentice in 1993.