Undated (AP) _ Roving Minstrel, carrying 117 pounds with Angel Cordero, raced to an easy 71/4 -length victory Wednesday in the $40,000 Pavot purse for 3-year- olds and up at Belmont Park.
Roving Minstrel, the favorite of the crowd of 12,043, led most of the way, covering 1 1-16 miles on the Widener Turf Course in 1:43 4-5.
It was Roving Minstrel’s first victory in seven starts this year. He earned $24,000 for owner Craig F. Cullinan, Jr.
Masterful, 117 and Jacinto Vasquez, outdistanced the rest of the field, finishing nine lengths ahead of Dee Dee’s Deal, 112 and Richard Privitera.
Roving Minstrel paid $5.20, $4 and $3.20. Masterful paid $8.60 and $4.60. Dee Dee’s Deal returned $5.40. ---
Joe Crow, ridden by Randy Wilson, won the featured eighth race at Thistledown on, running the six furlongs in 1:124-5. The winner paid $4, $3 and $2.80.
Restless Sheik was second, paying $5 and $2.20, while Rexdale King returned $3 to show. ---
Big Bobcat closed strongly between horses to win the $24,-000 Codex Purse by 11/4 lengths at Arlington Park.
Barbery also finished well to take second in the one-mile race held over a good track.
Passing Base, the 2-1 favorite, ran third after setting the pace in the early stretch run.
Ridden by Stanley Spencer, the winner paid $8.60, $4.40 and $3 and was timed in 1:36.
Jockey Ronnie Ebanks suffered a bruised right leg after his mount Mojimo stumbled and fell during the running of the fourth race. Ebanks canceled his other engagements.
Prices on Barbery were $5 and $3.20. Passing Base returned $3 to show.
Longshot Prospective Star took the lead early and held off Cardell late in winning the $36,-000 feature race at Hollywood Park.
Ridden by Gary Stevens, Prospective Star held on to finish a head in front of Cardell, ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr. Sun Master, the odds-on choice ridden by Chris McCarron, finished third another 21/2 lengths back.
Prospective Star defeated four rivals and earned $19,800 in the race for older horses, 4-year-olds and up.
The winner was clocked in a swift 1:09 3-5 for six furlongs over a fast track.
Sent off at 10-1, the longest price in the field, Prospective Star paid $23.40, $6.40 and $2.40. Cardell, the 8-5 second choice, returned $4.40 and $2.20 and Sun Master paid $2.10 to show. ---
In the $12,500 allowance feature, El Gazebo made a successful Louisiana Downs debut, winning by a head over Outfinishing Night Above and Proper Native in a three-horse photo finish.
Trained by Bob Holthus, El Gazebo completed the six furlongs in 1:12 1-5th and paid $15.80, $6.60 and $4.00. ---
Government Corner battled the final quarter-mile with La Marseillaise and withstood a late stretch charge by Initial Success to post a three-quarter length win the $18,595 featured race at Churchill Downs.
Downs’ leading jockey Charles Woods Jr. took Government Corner over the 1 and 1-16 mile in 1:45 in the featured race for 3-year-olds.
Government Corner returned $4, $2.60 and $2.20. Initial Success paid $5 and $2.20, while La Marseillaise returned $2.20 to show.