Good Fellas Stables purchased Smart Guy as a yearling at the Timonium sales for $10,000. Obviously, he was a bargain.
The Smarten colt returned the purchase price more than four-fold yesterday with a resounding victory in the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes at 8-to-1 odds.
A full brother to the accomplished Maragold Princess, Smart Guy "is not a very big horse," according to trainer Tim Ritchey. "But I liked the way he looked in the ring and the way he moved."
With jockey David Appleby in the irons, Smart Guy stalked an honest pace for six furlongs, then exploded to the front and went on to win by 9 1/4 lengths over another long shot, Scootch. The favorite, Red Star Rose, came from the middle of the seven-horse pack to garner third.
The winning time for 1 1/8 miles was 1 minute, 50 3/5 seconds.
Smart Guy was seventh in the seven-furlong Horatius Stakes during his previous start, when he "was never really into the race," according to Ritchey. "He didn't break the best and was shuffled back. He's a little horse who definitely wants to go long."
Appleby, a regular rider at Penn National Race Course, called Smart Guy "a little green. I had trouble getting him to settle in, but once he got going, I knew I just needed to hang on and we'd get to the wire. Tim told me he would break sharp and he told me where I had to go with him from there," said Appleby, who was aboard Smart Guy for the first time.
Good Fellas Stables is based at Delaware Park, although Smart Guy has been training recently at Fair Hill. It is a two-horse operation owned by Stewart Taub and David Malatesta, who also run others in the name of Win More Stables.
"At this point we know we obviously made a good decision," said Taub, referring to the purchase. "I hope to go shopping again with Tim."
Rick Wilson, who piloted Red Star Rose, said the bettors' choice was in good position "but just came up empty. He finished OK, but not with any real kick."
The Deputed Testamony is for Maryland-bred 3-year-olds and is named in honor of the 1983 Preakness winner.
Jockey Oscar Mancilla was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a possible broken leg after a nasty spill in the eighth race involving the two favorites.
Mancilla was riding Miss Pocket Picker on the lead near the eighth pole when the filly broke down, sending the jockey flying. Cheap Digs, with Frank Douglas up, was in close proximity and catapulted over the fallen horse.
Douglas was thrown from his mount, but was walking around in short order. Miss Pocket Picker was euthanized.
NOTES: The retirement of Ronnie Banks, longtime regional manager of the Jockeys' Guild, has opened the door for former Maryland regular Larry Samuell, who is scheduled to replace him in the Midwest area. Samuell, 40, who has been campaigning in Florida, has retired from riding. Future wagering on the Kentucky Derby will continue through today at 4 p.m. Twenty-four betting possibilities are available. Earnings at Charles Town, with its video gaming, rose 83 percent during the fourth quarter and Penn National Gaming Inc. is planning to add 100 more machines to the facility.
Fair Grounds: Silverbulletday, one of three fillies highly touted as Kentucky Derby contenders, solidified her ranking yesterday with a 2 1/4-length victory in the $125,000 Davona Dale Stakes in New Orleans.
Her time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1 minute, 44 1/5 seconds.
She surged from mid-pack in the eight-filly field, claimed the lead around the far turn and gradually lengthened it down the long homestretch. As the 1-9 favorite, she paid $2.20 to win. The 6-1 Brushed Halory finished second, the 35-1 On a Soapbox third.
Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Mike Pegram, the duo who produced Real Quiet, Silverbulletday was honored last week with an Eclipse Award as 2-year-old filly champion. Her stablemate Excellent Meeting and the Bobby Frankel-trained Honest Lady are the other 3-year-old fillies who soon may begin challenging colts and geldings.
Aqueduct: Favored T Storm took the lead shortly after the start and went on to a one-length victory over Carleaville in the $65,580 Dearly Precious Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in New York, covering six furlongs in 1: 10 1/5.
Santa Anita Park: Controlled, the 3-5 favorite, overtook 15-1 long shot Aloha Mangos in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $108,000 Boo La Boo Stakes in Arcadia, Calif., by one length, covering six furlongs in 1: 10 1/5.
One race later, Plicck led all the way in winning the $83,850 San Marino Handicap by a neck over Self Feeder, covering 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2: 02 1/5.
Sun staff writer Tom Keyser and the Associated Press contributed to this article.
Area race schedule
Laurel Park: Live racing Wednesday through Sunday, post times 12: 40 p.m. Simulcasts every day except Tuesday. Laurel Park ends live meet March 28. Pimlico opens March 31.
Rosecroft Raceway: Simulcasts daily. Live racing Thursday through Saturday, post times 7: 20 p.m.
Ocean Downs: Simulcasts every day except Tuesday. Live racing resumes in July.
Charles Town: Live racing Friday through Sunday, post times 7: 15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Special Wednesday racing during February, post time 4 p.m. Simulcasts daily.
Delaware Park: Simulcasts daily. Live racing resumes April 10.
Pub Date: 2/21/99