HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — In the weeks since thoroughbred and standardbred racing were nixed at the Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware ovals, horses bred in the Free State have found only limited chances to succeed elsewhere.
Friday afternoon, April 24 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, one local product prevailed to continue her moderately successful career.
Louise the Laser showed ample early speed and plenty of late grit to earn a dead-heat victory with fellow distaff rival Ordained Kiss in a one-turn dash for $6,250 claiming fillies and mares.
The 7-year-old Love Of Money mare out of the Partner's Hero mare My Rib was bred in Maryland by veterinarian Tom Bowman and his wife Chris Bowman of Dance Forth Farm near Chestertown and their son Brooke Bowman.
Louise the Laser battled to the wire with Ordained Kiss for a score in 1 minute, 05.89 seconds for the 5 1/2-furlong sprint.
Now trained by Federico Villafranco, Louise the Laser recorded her first win in four starts this year.
She now sports a balanced 9-9-9 slate and nearly $130,000 banked from 45 career outings.
Louise the Laser has finished in the money in her last eight starts, sporting two wins along the way.
Initially purchased as a yearling by Rebecca Bowman Davis for $19,000, Louis the Laser later sold for $220,000 in a May 2015 two-year-old sale. She has been seeking to recoup that purchase price ever since.
Louise the Laser made her debut at age two in a maiden special weight event at Saratoga Race Course in New York on Aug. 9, 2015, when she finished a nondescript 10th. She was seventh in the Laurel Futurity.
She would garner her diploma against maiden claimers at Arlington Park near Chicago on May 8, 2016, and picked up her second victory in her very next start against claimers at Pimlico on June 26.
Louise the Laser would record her next six victories against claimers at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, Canada. She prevailed on Oct. 28, 2016, but did not post another tally until Oct. 13, 2017.
She ended another drought at Woodbine on Aug. 15, 2018, returned nine days later to score again over the Canadian course and added another victory on Oct. 28, 2018.
But Louise the Laser went more than a year before notching another victory, again at Woodbine on Nov. 2, 2019.
She had been second once and third twice in her first three starts of this year before earning the dead-heat victory April 24 at Oaklawn Park.
Several races later on the April 24 card, another Kent County product went in quest of his second straight tally over the Arkansas strip.
Pete's Play Call, bred by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes of Thornmar Farm near Chestertown, finished ninth in an allowance event won by Volatile in very impressive fashion.
He had defeated $40,000 claimers on April 2 for his first win of 2020.
Pete's Play Call owns one win in five starts this year and boasts a 10-7-6 slate and nearly $440,000 banked from 38 career outings.
He has spent much of his career in allowance races and high-priced claimers, but last winter he notched the first stakes triumph of his career when he captured the $100,000 Bonapaw Stakes at the Fair Grounds in Louisiana.
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HALLANDALE, Fla. — On Sunday afternoon, April 26 at Gulfstream Park, Double Crown rallied from well off the pace and widest of all to finish second as an overlooked 9-1 shot in a six-furlong allowance for 3-year-olds and up.
A Bowman-bred sophomore son of Bourbon Courage out of the Two Punch mare Tow Columbus, Double Crown gained the place spot in his seasonal debut nearly eight months after winning at first asking against maiden special weight foes at Laurel Park last September.
Hop Kat prevailed in the April 26 allowance affair at Gulfstream as the tepid 5-2 favorite while getting the six panels in 1:10.71 for his second win in as many starts, his first occurring 11 months earlier at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — The lone local product racing last week, Ollie's Papa's Boy, finished second in a two-turn sprint for $5,000 claimers at Fonner Park on Tuesday, April 28.
The 6-year-old Street Sense gelding was bred by Tom and Chris Bowman of Chestertown and R. Larry Johnson.
Ollie's Papa's Boy dueled with even-money favorite Three Footer through the opening two splits, shook loose from that one and then was overhauled in the final 100 yards by Third Dimension.
He remained winless in five starts this year and now owns a 1-6-1 slate and nearly $40,000 banked from 19 career tries after his runner-up effort.