Klinger and Word O'Ransom hook up again Pair wins for sixth time in 6 tries in Laurel stakes


Omar Klinger and Word O'Ransom have been an unbeatable coupling.

Klinger rode Virginia breeder Sam Rogers' filly for the sixth time yesterday in the $36,750 Contrary Rose Stakes at Laurel and the result was their sixth victory, all in front-running fashion.

The speedy Word O'Ransom shot to the front immediately and led at every post to complete the six furlongs in 1 minute, 10 seconds and defeat closer I'll Get Along by 7 1/2 lengths.

"I felt very confident with this filly," said Klinger, whose shortest margin with her has been three lengths. "She picked up the bit and went on with it just like it was meant to be."

Now 6-for-13 lifetime, Word O'Ransom never has finished better than second for another jockey.

"We had planned to sell her in the weanling sale at Saratoga, but had to take her back because of a small medical problem," said Rogers.

"She spent three months laid up last year but came back into training real nicely."

Trainer Mary Eppler said Word O'Ransom probably will be prepared next for a stakes races at Laurel either Dec. 10 or 16.

I'll Get Along snatched second from Cormorant's Flight by a neck after the latter had stalked the winner for most of the race.

The Pennsylvania invader seems to want more distance and more racing, according to trainer Bob Camac.

"She was hurt last year in her first start, and when she came back, I didn't want a horse with problems to run in the mud," said Camac. "So, when it's come up to several races OK, then rained, I've had to scratch her. You can't take that chance."

Mario Pino, aboard Cormorant's Flight, said "it might have looked like" his horse could have pulled even with the pacesetter, "but I couldn't have. She was too quick."

Da Hoss runs third

Da Hoss -- trained by Michael Dickinson at Fair Hill -- finished third in the $400,000 Hollywood Derby on the turf yesterday.

Sent off a 3-to-1 second choice in a field of 13, Da Hoss atoned for a horrible performance in the Breeders' Cup Sprint when he tired badly and finished 13th.

Long-shot Labeeb, who was bred in Great Britain, rallied to win by a half-length over favored Helmsman in the 1 1/8-mile race.

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