Congratulations to 10 different Virginia-Certified horses that won a race at Laurel Park the race week of February 10-13 alone — yes, 10 in one week!
Leading the group was 4-year-old filly Proper Attire, who was best in a $67,392 allowance optional claimer February 10 which she won in gate-to-wire fashion. The daughter of Imagining won her second straight race — both in 2022 — and overall, has 6 wins from 15 races with earnings of $198,077. In 2021, she put together a three race win streak in Maryland from mid-winter to early spring. The Jamie Ness trainee is owned by Jagger, Inc.
Two other big winners were Rookieoftheyear, a Graham Motion trainee who won a $44,415 waiver maiden claiming event and Ain’t Da Beer Cold, who had a $51,360 allowance score that pushed his bankroll over the $145,000 mark.
The former is a 3-year-old Madefromlucky colt who came 5-wide in the final turn of his 1 1/16ths miles race to rally successfully as the betting choice. Owned and bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC, the winner was guided by rider Jorge Ruiz. The latter is a 4-year-old Freedom Child gelding who has finished in the top-3 at Laurel four different times since Thanksgiving weekend. Owned by Matt Spencer, Kelly Jo Cox and Bonuccelli Racing, he has bankrolled $145,518 to date.
Six of the other winners broke their maiden. Florida-bred Red Mesa won at 5 1/2 furlongs as betting choice in his fourth try. The 3-year-old He’s Had Enough gelding is owned by Tim Frietag.
The other five, all Maryland-breds, were led by 5-year-old Golden Lad gelding Rahmer who was best in a $42,903 waiver maiden claiming race. In six starts, he has a pair of thirds to go with his debut win for owners One N One A Stable and Walter Vieser II.
Albertano, a 4-year-old son of Barbados, had a gate-to-wire performance in his $29,900 maiden claimer February 11 and won convincingly by 7 1/4 lengths. The gelding is owned by Jose Aguilar and Jose Gallegos.
John Salzman trainee No Money Down had a big win as well, 7 1/2 lengths, in his $30,618 maiden claiming victory February 13 at six furlongs. The 3-year-old Baltimore Bob gelding was making his sixth start for owners Bird Mobberley LLC and Grady Griffin.
Larry Johnson’s Imagine the Mojo won in just his second career start. The 3-year-old Imagining filly prevailed by two lengths at 1 1/16 miles distance for trainer Mike Trombetta.
In Greylover’s five life starts, the 3-year-old Imagining gelding improved his finishing position in each, from a ninth last September in a maiden special weight, to the winners circle last week in a $28,980 maiden claimer. Owned by Rafael Lopez, the victor wired the field and finished a neck in front.
The final winner of the week was The Wolfman, a Phil Schoenthal trainee who earned his third lifetime score by a neck in a $24,786 claiming race. The 4-year-old Bandbox gelding is owned by Charles Reed and Kingdom Bloodstock.