As expected, heavy rain showed up throughout much of the East Coast last weekend and Laurel Park was left with a sloppy and sealed surface for all three days of racing.
Perfect Deal didn’t mind. The 5-year-old mare pulled clear of her competition through the stretch of Friday’s third race to win by 3 1/2 lengths. It was the first of two wins Friday at Laurel for owner Nancy Lee Farms, who won later in the day with Eastern Bay.
A day later, Bestkindoftrouble showed up with his usual strong effort in Saturday’s eighth. The McGinneses homebred showed his usual speed and put away a pace foe at the top of the stretch. He was run down late by the race favorite but held on for second, beaten only a length in the $42,000 allowance.
“That’s about his distance, as far he wants to go,” Tim said. “As well he ran, he did not like that track surface. I was really pleased with how he ran considering that. He was just second best.”
The barn sent out two runners Saturday and Sunday. Rare Eagle finished second in the second and Tattooed won the sixth, a restricted allowance for Maryland-bred and Maryland-sired horses. The homebred son of Etched drew off impressively to score by 3 ½-lengths and pay $15.20.
“He’s a nice horse and has obviously been able to use the advantage of being a Maryland-bred to have a productive career so far,” Tim said. “It was his second start against winners, a little bit of seasoning helped. I’ve always thought he wanted distance and the mile was perfect.”
The track was forced to cancel Friday’s card due to ominous weather forecasts. Luckily, the barn didn’t have any runners for Friday. Emma’sdiamonddiva finished sixth in Sunday’s sixth in her first start since late January. The 3-year-old filly ran for a claiming price for the first time since her debut in November, in which she followed up with a maiden-breaking score three weeks later.
About 30 minutes later, Maryland-bred 3-year-old filly Bay of Sighs finished sixth in a quality allowance going two turns. She was second a month ago when trying the 1 1/16-mile distance for the first time. The daughter of Oxbow is a homebred of the McGinneses.
In other news, it’s a busy week for the president of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. Tim made the drive to Annapolis Wednesday to speak to lawmakers on behalf of Thoroughbred aftercare in the state.
“In Maryland, we’ve instituted a program called Beyond the Wire,” Tim said. “We’ve raised over $420,000 so far in the short time it’s been in existence. We’ve placed almost 60 horses.”
Tim also represented Maryland in other locales this past weekend.
“I’m in Florida this weekend for horsemen’s meetings in Gulfstream, so Victor (Garcia) will have to run the show for me while I’m gone,” Tim said of his assistant. “I never have to worry while I’m away.”
In a different part of Florida is Tim’s daughter Ryan. She’s spent a few weeks in Ocala and competed in her second Eventing show this past weekend.
“She was second with Flintstar and fifth with Eighttofasttocatch,” Tim said of her first show two weekends ago. “She’s moving up each of them this week into another division. ‘Catcher’ is going preliminary and ‘Flint’ is going intermediate. My wife is flying down for that and they are driving home Monday.”
Tim’s wife Rumsey said in an article two years ago that she would ultimately like for Ryan to ride Eighttofasttocatch. That plan has come to fruition.
In accordance to the three-day Eventing schedule, Ryan rode Dressage Friday, took to the Cross-Country course Saturday and finished with Stadium Jumping Sunday.
To read more about Eighttofasttocatch and his second career, here’s a link to that article:
To follow Ryan and “Catcher” this weekend, here’s a link that will have live scoring of their event starting Friday:
To learn more about Maryland’s Thoroughbred Aftercare program Beyond the Wire, here’s a link to their website: