TIMONIUM — During the first weekend of live racing at the Maryland State Fair, a pair of 2-year-olds with ties to the same Kent County breeders went postward in the inaugural $75,000 Timonium Juvenile Stakes — the only added-money event during the seven days of live racing at the fair.
They had genuinely mixed results.
While Local Motive (J.D. Acosta) failed to finish the course as the 4-5 favorite, Cynergy's Star (Jevian Toledo) rallied widest of all past the grandstands and on both turns and edged past Addy's Laddy T N T for a two-length score as an overlooked 6-1 shot on Sunday, Aug. 29.
Both freshman geldings were bred at least in part by veterinarian Dr. Tom Bowman and wife Chris Bowman of Dance Forth Farm near Chestertown.
Cynergy's Star is a juvenile son of Great Notion out of the Dixie Union mare Smooth Talking.
He was seventh in the $100,000 Hickory Tree Stakes on the turf at Colonial Downs in Virginia that Local Motive won, but came right back to graduate over a muddy main track at Pimlico for trainer Kenneth Cox and owner Charlie Bonuccelli, a longtime Bowie resident who now lives in Centreville.
When the gates opened in the Timonium Juvenile, Cynergy's Star got away well but was reserved just off the early tempo provided by Bandfromthebar and Up for the Chance. Jockey Jevian Toledo also kept him three-wide on the clubhouse turn and down the backside.
When Toledo asked Cynergy's Star to run entering the far turn, the Bowman-bred responded by sweeping to command and then edging clear from Addy's Laddy T N T. He stopped the timer in 1 minute, 21.57 seconds for 6½ furlongs.
Notching his second win from three starts, Cynergy's Star pushed his earnings past $100,000 thanks to his share of the guaranteed purse ($75,000) and the $25,000 bonuses offered to horses bred and sired in Maryland.
Purchased as a yearling 10 months earlier by Bonuccelli for $25,000, Cynergy's Star literally made three times that amount on this first journey over the strip on Sunday.