Delgado directs 'Churchbell' to win in North Handicap


Churchbell Chimes rallied from just off the pace to capture the 15th running of the Alma North Handicap yesterday at Timonium Race Course.

At the wire, jockey Alberto Delgado hustled the filly three-quarters of a length in front of Cormorant's Flight, which set the pace until the head of the stretch.

Our Friend Hidayet, the trailer most of the way, rallied to finish third.

Sent away the second choice by a crowd of 10,842, Churchbell Chimes returned $7 for a $2 win bet.

The Bill Boniface-trained Maryland-bred covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46 4/5.

Five scratches reduced the field to five starters.

Betting was brisk as $497,947 was sent through the mutuel windows.

Stacy unharmed after spill

Jockey Allen Stacy escaped serious injury after being tossed from his mount, Paul Runyan, shortly after the field left the gate for fifth race.

After hitting the track, Stacy's mount appeared to step on his back as he was attempting to get out of the way.

The jockey was taken to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Taking Risks Handicap today

Nine Maryland-breds will line up for today's featured Taking Risks Handicap.

Jest Punching, high weight at 115 pounds, heads the field for the 1 1/16-mile race.

The main opposition is expected to be provided by two consistent competitors on the Maryland circuit, Brilliant Patriot and Meadow Lad.

Tomorrow's closing day feature, the $30,000 Winning Colors

Stakes, has attracted nine 3-year-old fillies.

Simulcast information

Today's simulcast feature is the Grade I Gazelle Stakes from Belmont Park.

The Gazelle, which carries a $150,000-added purse for 3-year-old-fillies, will be run between the eighth and ninth races

at Timonium.

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