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Bailey Smooth in the Silks

Horse racing: Jockey guides Gold Mover to victory in the Princess Rooney and Royal Lad to a win in the Carry Back.

July 14, 2002|BOB MIESZERSKI | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Jerry Bailey, the runaway leader in purse earnings among jockeys again this year, padded his advantage Saturday in Florida.

Bailey won two of the four biggest races during Calder's $1.4 million Summit of Speed, taking the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap with Gold Mover and the $250,000 Carry Back with Royal Lad.

In the Princess Rooney, Gold Mover, the 9-5 second choice, held off 2-5 favorite Xtra Heat, winning by half a length in a stakes-record 1:10 1/5.

Royal Lad, the 5-2 second choice, took the lead with a quarter of a mile to go in the Carry Back and went on to defeat 2-1 favorite and California shipper Captain Squire by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:10 3/5.

Earlier, Orientate, the 2-1 second choice, dominated his six rivals in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, winning by six lengths in 1:09 4/5 for the six furlongs. Owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by Wayne Lukas, Orientate was ridden by Mike Smith.

Echo Eddie, the 3-1 third choice under jockey David Flores, saved the place by a head over 9-10 favorite Crafty C.T., who was ridden by Bailey.

It was Lukas' first victory at Calder since he won the What A Pleasure Stakes with Reaffirming in 1988.

In the $250,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes, Bold World, the 5-2 second choice, rolled to an 8 1/2-length victory over favored Willa On The Move.

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With jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. sidelined for the weekend because of a sprained left wrist suffered in a spill in Friday night's second race, Alex Solis picked up some easy cash Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Solis inherited the mount on Full Moon Madness, the 3-10 favorite in the $82,173 Answer Do Stakes. Winning the race for the second time in three years, the 7-year-old gelding beat 16-1 longshot McCordnskuba by a length.

Full Moon Madness has won 14 of 34.

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Whitmore's Conn, the second longest shot in the field at nearly 15-1, overtook the pacesetters late to win the $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont Park.

Trained by Randy Schulhofer, the 4-year-old Kris S. colt completed the 1 3/8 miles on turf in 2:13 2/5 under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan.

Staging Post, the 5-2 favorite making his first start since finishing second in the San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita on April 21, was second for trainer Bobby Frankel.

Startac, making his first start for trainer Bill Mott, was fourth.

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Hal's Hope, the 2000 Florida Derby winner, died from complications of intestinal surgery, trainer Harold Rose said.

Hal's Hope finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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