Competitive race for the Thanksgiving Saturday card
Same Ol ‘Cordmaker’ Returns For More In $ 100,000 Richard W. Small
LAUREL, MD – Thanksgiving weekend continues at Laurel Park with a strong Saturday program featuring full fields and competitive races led by a trio of post-holiday stakes valued at $ 300,000 in purses.
A total of 97 horses were entered for the nine-race card, an average of 10.7 starters per race, all slated for the newly renovated main track at Laurel. Post time is 12:25 p.m.
Race 2 is a 6½-stage sprint for girls aged 3, 4 and 5 that drew a field of 14, including the Gold Fellow of Fall Competition Head Coach Claudio Gonzalez and the comrades team formed by Damon Dilodovico, Divine Proportion and Creative Storm.
Eleven fillies and mares aged 3 and over were entered in Race 4, a six-meter contender, including Fudge Cake, out of the Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap. A field of 12 will compete in Race 5, a 6½-stage sprint for ages 3 and up, where Interesting Legacy (12), Stroll Smokin (10), Getoffmyback (15) and Mr. Pete (11) combine for 48 career victories.
The stakes follow one another – the $ 100,000 City of Laurel for 3-year-olds in Race 6, where stakes winner Everett’s Song takes his fourth straight win and Pickin ‘Time looks to regain his ranked stakes winning form ; $ 100,000 safe for 3 year old fillies in Race 7 with Stakes Street Lute winners, Prodigy Doll and Malibu Beauty; and 1 1/8-mile, $ 100,000 Richard W. Small for ages 3 and up in Race 8.
Friday’s nine-race card at Laurel, featuring a $ 75,000 pair, drew 96 entries. Laurel’s world-class turf course is closed for the season, which means races 3 and 6 will be contested on the main track. Race 3 is a 5½-stage sprint for fillies and mares 3 and older, while Race 6 is a Maryland / sire breed allowance for children 3 and older to run a mile.
Hello Beautiful will go after her fourth consecutive victory and ninth career victory in Race 4, the Politely six-meter for fillies and mares aged 3 and up, where the 4-year-old filly drew position 1 in a field of eight and was installed as the favorite of the 1-2 am line.
Brittany Russell’s trained teammate Whereshetoldmetogo is the narrow program favorite 3-1 in Race 8, the Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial seven-meter for kids ages 3 and up in Maryland. The 6-year-old gelding is a 12-time career winner, nine in stakes.
‘Same Ol’ Cordmaker ‘returns for over $ 100,000 Richard W. Small
Still strong at age 6, Hillwood Stable’s Cordmaker will go after his seventh career win and fifth on his home track when he faces 10 rivals in Saturday’s $ 100,000 Richard W. Small at Laurel Park.
The 21st the small 1 1/8-mile race for ages 3 and up, part of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship (MATCH) series, is one of three $ 100,000 bets on a nine-race program, with the town of Laurel for the 3-year-olds and Safely Kept for the 3-year-old fillies, each sprinting through seven stages.
The start time of the first race is 12:25 p.m.
Cordmaker finished second in last year’s Small behind Harpers First Ride, which eight weeks earlier had won the historic Pimlico Special (G3). Cordmaker finished third in the special in 2019 and 2020 and fourth this year.
“When he does things his own way or things go well, he will be there no matter what kind of horses he is with, [in] 1st year [races] or whatever, ”coach Rodney Jenkins said. “In a race like this, if he gets a trip, it will be tough.”
Two-time gelding son Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer 2014 Curlin bred in Maryland by the late Bob Manfuso and Laurel’s trainer Katy Voss, Cordmaker finished second, beaten by a length by Captain Bombastic, in the Polynesian one-mile event. September 18 at Laurel when she most recently left. He was disqualified for interfering with Alwaysmining in the stretch and placed sixth.
“He really tried. It was such [strange] thing that happened, ”Jenkins said. “But, he did well, he had nothing on him and he was happy. He has been doing very well since. Same old shoemaker. He continues to do trucking.
Cordmaker had won two of his previous four starts, the Victory Gallop on August 23 at Colonial Downs and the March 13 Harrison Johnson Memorial at Laurel, the latter recording a 10-game losing streak dating back to fall 2019 and in which he finished second. or third in six stakes.
After winning two of nine starts in his first two seasons, including his debut 2019 Jennings appearances at Laurel, Cordmaker blossomed at the age of 4 when he rose to 5 for 8 and won. $ 284,427 in scholarships. In total, he has 10 wins and a bankroll of $ 674,640 from 32 career starts.
“He’s a horse that took him a long time to get to where he is. I never really pressured him until he told me he wanted to be something different, ”Jenkins said. “Then when he started to be something different he’s been like that ever since. On the contrary, he is better than ever. He’s a good horse.
Cordmaker completed two timed five-stage runs from the Polynesian, both the fastest of the day, clocking 59.20 seconds on Oct.16 and 59.40 on Nov.11. Regular rider Victor Carrasco will be on board station 7.
“He tackles it very well. He’s very sharp, ”Jenkins said. “When the weather got cool, it got colder. He likes that.”
There is an added incentive in the Small for Cordmaker, who leads the 3+ long gravel division of the MATCH Series with 24 points, 13 more than Harpers First Ride. The total is also good for second place behind Hello Beautiful’s 27 points.
“We’re going for the MATCH Competitive Racing for Thanksgiving Saturday CardJenkins said. “He’s ahead right now for the men. He’s one of them, so we’re going to try this one too.
Among those who face Cordmaker is Informative, a stablemate trained by Trin-Brook Stables, Inc. and Uriah St. Lewis. Forewarned, 6, is a multiple Ohio-bred Stakes winner who finished fifth in Small last year, while Informative, 4, claimed his first career Stakes victory in the Salvator Mile (G3) of the June 12 at Monmouth Park.
Stakes winning Laurel teammates Shackqueenking and Tappin Cat are also on the list. Pocket 3 Racing’s Shackqueenking, on a two-game winning streak, won the 1 1/16-mile Howard County last December, while Non Stop Stable’s Tappin Cat won the DTHA Governors Day Handicap on September 25 at Delaware Park and was necked as the favorite of the Maryland Million Classic on October 23 at Laurel.
Bustoff of Sola Dei Gloria Stable, who scored the opening goal of the claim on November 6, and Workin On a Dream of Steven Walfish, the first winner of the optional 9-in-length claim allowance on November 12, win six days of ‘interval to Laurel.
McElmore Avenue, second behind Cordmaker in the gallop of victory; Mischief Afoot, fourth in Governors Day Handicap, last; Plot the Dots, unreleased for a fifth in the Harrison Johnson; and Treasure Trove, fifth by less than a length in the Ben Ali (G3) on April 10 and claimed during its last start on October 14 at Keeneland, complete the peloton.
Formerly run as Broad Brush, the multimillionaire and four-time first-year winner he trained, the Richard W. Small was renamed following the death of the beloved horseman from cancer in 2014. Baltimore-born “Dickie” Small completed two tours of duty. during the Vietnam War as a Green Beret before becoming a coach, also campaigning for the son of Broad Brush, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) 1994 Concern. He won at least one Stakes race in Maryland each year, but one between 1974 and 2014 and is also known to have helped launch the riding careers of jockeys like Andrea Seefeldt, Jerilyn Brown, Rosie Napravnik and Forest Boyce.
Remarks: Fall competition head coach Claudio Gonzalez sent two winners on Thursday’s Thanksgiving card, Algebraic ($ 3.40) in race 1 and He’s a Shooter ($ 3.60) in race 8… Jockey Yomar Ortiz was rocked from a spill in Thursday’s fourth race when his steed, Manicomio, tripped halfway while in the lead. Ortiz walked to the waiting lane ambulance and removed his only remaining mount, Always Forgiven, in Race 7.
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Photo: Cordmaker (H Johnson)