|Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook
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Tuesday, March 5, 2002
TIC N TIN SEEKS LOST CODE REPEAT
Defending champion Tic N Tin will share high weight of 120 pounds with former Illinois-bred champion Magic Doe in Saturday's $100,000 Lost Code Handicap, the lead-off event on Sportsman's Park's $1.9 million stakes schedule. The duo will spot their seven rivals four to nine pounds in the six-furlong contest.
A 7-year-old son of Lac Ouimet, Tic N Tin holds the distinction of being the only horse to win a stakes race at each of Illinois' four Thoroughbred racetracks. In addition to last year's Lost Code, the Ron Brandenburg-owned and -trained gelding captured the $75,000 White Oak Handicap at Arlington Park in June, the $35,000 Pete Condeleon Handicap at Fairmount Park in October and the $40,000 Colonel Power Stakes (via disqualification) at Hawthorne Race Course in December. Shane Laviolette, who rode Tic N Tin regularly last fall, gets a return call.
William Cortesi's Magic Doe, Illinois champion 3-year-old of 1998, makes his 7-year-old debut in the Lost Code. The son of Fast Gold, who finished third in last year's renewal, won four of his final five starts in 2001 including a gate-to-wire score in the $75,000 Lightning Jet Stakes at Hawthorne in November. A career earner of more than $630,000, Magic Doe is trained by nonagenarian Jim Eckrosh and will be ridden by Sportsman's Park's all-time leading rider Randall Meier.
Trainer Gerald Bennett has entered a pair in the Lost Code, Secret Romeo and Winnie's Pooh Bear, both owned by A.A.C. Stable. The former, a 4-year-old Service Stripe colt, won nine races last year including the $50,000 Shamrock Stakes over this oval. He has already made two starts in 2002, capturing the $50,000 Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in his most recent effort. The latter, by Wheaton, took the $40,000 Dee Lance Stakes at Hawthorne last May and ran second in the $50,000 Joe Marovich Stakes at Arlington in June. Last out he was unplaced in the Grade III Mr. Prospector Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Terry Houghton is named aboard both parts of the coupling. Secret Romeo has been assigned 116 pounds while Winnie's Pooh Bear is slated to carry 114 pounds.
Baltimore Gray, who races in the colors of Eclipse Award winning owner Rick Englander, invades from New York where he ran fifth in his return from an eight-month layoff. Prior to the layoff, the son of Northern Wolf had been consistently in the money in allowance races at Aqueduct and Belmont. The Scott Lake-trained Baltimore Gray will carry 115 pounds including jockey Larry Sterling Jr.
Frank Mancari & Mark Triffler's Meandmyloveman is making his first start since August when he ran off the board after making the pace in the $55,000 Dr. Fager Handicap at Arlington. Previously, the son of Way West briefly held the six-furlong track record here when he negotiated the distance in 1:09.33 on April 27 only to have the mark fall three days later. In four starts over this track last season, the Mike Reavis charge never finished worse than second. Lupe Macias is named.
Henry, Marsella & Emerald Ridge farm's Manitowish is looking for his first win since capturing the $35,000 Tex's Zing Handicap at Fairmount Park on August 5, 2000. Since that time, the son of Devil His Due has been competitive in high-end claiming races and in state-bred stakes company, earning more than $50,000 in nine starts last year. The Christine Janks trainee will be ridden by Carlos Silva and will carry 113 pounds.
Completing the field for the Lost Code are: Wachtel Stables & Double S Stable's Sing Me Back Home (Alfredo Juarez Jr., 113 pounds), winner of a $62,500 claiming race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 17; and John Castro's Bet On Joe (Chris Emigh, 111), a two-time victor at Arlington last summer.
NO GO FOR CASHEL CASTLE
Last Saturday's cancelled allowance feature for 3-year-olds that originally drew 12 runners and would have served as the 3-year-old debut of Cashel Castle was brought back as an "extra" for Saturday's program but it failed to fill, receiving only two entries.
"I guess the element of surprise was gone," said racing secretary Allan Plever.
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