Maryland Pride Day at Laurel Park

Herringswell was happy to be on hand at Laurel Park yesterday for Maryland Pride Day, and a great time was had by all! The heat and humidity was typical for mid-August, but our three runners made us proud.

Hillwood Stable LLC and Richard L. Golden’s Good Reasoning (Scat Daddy – Love’s A Reason by Not For Love) finished a game third in his allowance which came off the turf and was run at a mile on the dirt. Edgar Prado had the mount.

Two races later, Prado teamed up with The Elkstone Group’s Head Games in another allowance, this one also taken off the turf and run on the dirt. Co-bred by Graham and Anita with John Price, this bay filly by Warrior’s Reward is out of stakes winner and former Herringswell trainee Miss Lombardi (by Unbridled Jet). Head Games circled wide and finished keenly to come in second behind winner Riley’s Choice, who is a daughter of another of Graham’s former charges, Breeders’ Cup winner Shared Account!

In the Find Stakes, Just Howard  (English Channel – Aruban Sandwich by Alphabet Soup) carried Alex Cintron and the dark green and yellow colors of owners Skeedattle Associates to an exciting win over Ghost Bay. This was Howard’s second stakes score in a month; he and Cintron also captured the Caveat Stakes at Laurel on July 15.

As I was across the track on the turf course shooting the race, I could clearly hear our assistant Liz Currey Silva yelling “COME ON HOWARD!!” I’d had the (rather silly!) idea that I might try to simultaneously use both my camera for still photos and my cell phone for video if Howard were in contention…and that’s exactly how it worked out. When my cell phone fell into the grass I concentrated on the camera instead. The phone had continued to record video, which was basically just shooting straight up my leg. You could hear my camera shutter firing and me saying to Laurel Park track photographer Jim McCue “Did he get there Jim?? I think he got there!!”

After I returned back across the track after the race, our groom Rafa Caraballo greeted me with a huge hug, exclaiming “I was riding him as hard as Alex was down the stretch!” Well done Rafa – it worked!

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Maryland Pride Day at Laurel Park

Skeedattle Associates’ JUST HOWARD (Alex Cintron up) and a very proud Rafa Caraballo head into the winner’s circle after their win in the Find Stakes. Photo by Maggie Kimmitt
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