Tuesday’s Racing Roundup
Undated (AP) _ Donald Miller Jr., riding Festive Affair, registered his 2,000th career victory Tuesday at Pimlico Race Course.
Festive Affair turned back Perfect Poise by a neck in the second race.
″I’m glad it’s over because it seems like every time someone gets near a milestone, it takes forever to achieve,″ said the 23-year-old journeyman.
Miller has been a regular leader on the Maryland circuit and was the hero of the 1983 Preakness, riding Deputed Testamony to victory.
In the featured $15,000 Family Style Purse on Tuesday, Beltline covered six furlongs in 1:13 2-5, finishing a length ahead of Saucy Gaylord.
Beltline paid $28, $11 and $3.40, while Saucy Gaylord returned $5.60 and $2.60. Molly Thistle, who finished another neck farther back, paid $2.40.
Hammocker, the even-money favorite, took command from Rossi Blue on the far turn and went on to score a 2 1/2 -length victory at Sportsman’s Park in the $22,000 Island Type Purse.
Bright Brian, the 8-5 second choice in the field of six Illinois-registered 3-year-olds and upward, closed to finish second over 25-1 longshot Leventi. Rossi Blue faded to fourth.
Hammocker, ridden by C.H. Marquez Jr., ran the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:13 1-5. The winner paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.40. Bright Brian paid $2.60 and $2.40. Leventi paid $3.80.
Preyitagain took the lead turning into the stretch and then held off a late challenge from Fire Break for a neck victory in the $16,000 allowance feature at Oaklawn Park.
Preyitagain, ridden by Angelo Trosclair, paid $14.60, $4.60 and $2.80.
Fire Break, the favorite in the field of six fillies and mares, was ridden by Larry Melancon and returned $3.00 and $2.20. Prom Queen, with Jodie Fortner aboard, paid $3.20 to show.