David Donk used to be in charge of preparing 2-year-olds for legendary trainer Woody Stephens, who would take them over once they started to get the hang of racing.
"It was my job to weed through them a little bit during 5 1/2 years with Woody," Donk said yesterday.
Now, he is weeding through his own and he appears to have found a rose in Added Gold.
An even-money favorite in the Grade II, $200,000 Black Eyed Susan, Added Gold has responded to a year of Donk's tutelage and proved it with a three-quarters of a length victory over local filly Tappin' Ginger.
With a big move at the quarter pole under John Velazquez, Added Gold earned $120,000 for her biggest payday.
"She's still a little green," said Donk. "We're trying to teach her to rate and we're still learning about her. But we've tested her pretty good."
Velazquez said the team "wanted to wait with her. Since she broke slow, it worked out fine. David likes to teach horses to come off the pace.
"As we went down the backside she began to relax real nice and my worries went out of my head. She was comfortable and so was I."
She needed to be to overcome a big race by Tappin' Ginger, who seized the lead in the stretch with Edgar Prado urging everything she could muster.
"She showed some early speed and in the stretch I thought that we were home free. I just wish that she could have relaxed a little more," said Prado.
Second-choice Silent Eskimo went to the front and then weakened in the stretch.
"The trainer [Bobby Barnett] told me to break out and try to take the lead," said jockey Carlos Gonzalez. "Sometimes you get lucky; sometimes you don't."
Hansel's Girl finished third under Kent Desormeaux, making her run before flattening in the last half-furlong.
Added Gold, a daughter of Gilded Time, will return to her New York base for perhaps the Acorn Stakes or the Mother Goose.
"We don't want to crowd her too much," said Donk.
In the Grade III, $100,000 Gallorette Handicap, favored Tresoriere took over in mid-stretch and scored a length victory over Bursting Forth.
"She really won easily," said jockey Jose Santos. "After she switched leads, she really kicked in and I didn't have to ask her any further."
Tresoriere finished 1 1/8 miles on the turf course in 1: 45 3/5.
Owned by France's Mrs. Alec Head, Tresoriere faced only six rivals after five scratches left the field without a pace-setter. Leisurely fractions were the major complaint of the rest of the field.
"There wasn't much pace and [Starry Dreamer] has one nice run," said Mike Smith of his third-place mount. "I've ridden the winner before and I know she has a quick turn of foot so I stayed behind her and decided to run when she did. But she got the jump on me."
"The pace was slow. We were trying to stay up," said Velazquez, who rode runner-up Bursting Forth. "when that filly [Earth To Jackie] went past her at the five-eighths pole, her ears started going every which way."
The problem recurred at the eighth pole because "she's just not used to being so close to the pace so early in the race."
A track record fell in the $35,000 added Havre de Grace Stakes when Stormy Atlantic ripped off 5 1/2 furlongs in 1: 03 1/5. That shaved two-fifths of a second off the time of Season's Flair three years ago.
Pub Date: 5/16/98