Trainer Richard Schosberg scored an East Coast double yesterday with a pair of 2-year-olds.
Nine minutes after Schosberg won the $500,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park with the colt Maria's Mon, the filly River of Rum, which he trains for Heatherwood Farm, scored a three-quarter-length upset in the $100,000 Selima Stakes at Laurel Park.
"I have to give the credit for this win to Lenny Hale [Laurel director of racing]," Schosberg said of the Selima. "If he hadn't called me late one night, I wouldn't have nominated this filly. We just bought her 2 1/2 weeks ago in Canada and didn't really know what we had. But after we got her, she trained well and it looked like the Selima was a good spot."
River of Rum is a daughter of the Danzig stallion Hooched, whom Schosberg rubbed 10 years ago when he worked as a groom for trainer Walter Kelly.
Heatherwood owner Lloyd Bensen paid "just a little more" for River of Rum than the $60,000 she earned yesterday in the Selima, Schosberg said.
Concern skips Breeders'
No Breeders' Cup for Concern.
That was the sentiment of trainer Dick Small Friday night after the champion Maryland-bred colt finished third, 4 1/2 lengths behind winning Peaks And Valleys in the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup at The Meadowlands.
"He just didn't unleash his run," jockey Mike Smith said of the Bob Meyerhoff-owned colt. "We know what Concern can do, and tonight, he just didn't fire. He didn't extend himself over this racetrack."