By BERNIE DICKMAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 23, 2001
In her first start of 2001, Corinas Poise was claimed for $4,000 at Tampa Bay Downs by owner Chris Gatis and trainer William Mitchell. The 7-year-old mare won that day, Feb. 1, by 2 1/2 lengths with Terry Houghton riding. She hasn't run that cheaply since.
Sunday, the Florida-bred daughter of Regal Humor scored her fifth victory in six tries in her new colors and became the leading winner for the year in North America. Corinas Poise captured the ninth race, a 5 1/2-furlong allowance test, under red-hot Derek Bell, who won his fourth race on the program as he glides toward his first riding title at the track.
With two weeks remaining in the meeting, Corinas Poise has a four-race winning streak and has won six times in seven starts. Her defeat came by a head against males March 4.
Overall, Corinas Poise is 12-12-7 in 56 starts, and Sunday's check of $9,380 raised her career earnings to $96,146.
BACK TO THE WARS: Before Saturday's 10th race at Tampa Bay Downs, Special Coach and Glok had a bond. Both had finished third in the Grade III Tropical Park Handicap at Calder, Special Coach in 2000 and Glok in 1998.
For Glok, that was his next-to-last appearance before an enforced vacation of more than two years because of a foot that had been ripped apart.
The gelding by Theatrical, now 7, returned in a $17,000 allowance race, going about 1 1/16 miles on the grass. His main opponent was Special Coach, a 5-year-old Florida bred by Zafarrancho who went in with earnings of a few dollars under $400,000 for Miami owner Cecilia Dixon.
Glok was 6-3-3 in 14 starts with earnings of $265,980, and before his foot trouble, trainer Billy Mott had used Jerry Bailey and Pat Day as his riders, for the most part.
Now in the barn of trainer John Stephens and owned by Diannah T. Broneck, Glok sat well back in the pack in the early going under Pedro Rodriguez, then made a strong run through the stretch, falling short by a little more than a length to Special Coach and jockey Parker Buckley. Rugged Zeal finished third.
AQUEDUCT: Tom's Thunder and Lady Katie won divisions of the $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes. Tom's Thunder won the Times Square division for 3-year-old colts and geldings by 31/4 lengths. Jockey John Velazquez recorded his 2,000th career victory. Lady Katie remained undefeated in four career starts, rallying to a 21/2-length victory over Bon Fearless in the Park Avenue division for fillies.
HIALEAH: Sir Brian's Sword pulled away to beat Moomtazz by 43/4 lengths in the $51,580 Citation Stakes for 3-year-olds. The victory was jockey Eibar Coa's third of the day and increased his lead in the rider standings to 10 over Rosemary Homeister Jr. Coa won the first race on Lavendar's Lad and the seventh with Mary's Joy.
KEENELAND: Xtra Heat beat Mountain Bird by 23/4 lengths in the $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes. Xtra Heat, ridden by Rick Wilson, won for the 12th time in 13 starts, running the 7 furlongs, 184 feet in 1:27 4/5. She won her first six starts before finishing 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November.
DERBY LANE: BD's Robin remains undefeated since her win in the $100,000 Distance Classic. She won her third straight in box-to-wire form in the eighth race Saturday. All-American BD's Phillip kept his streak going, winning his fourth in a row in the sixth race. ... Greymeadow Kennel positioned itself to take over the top spot. It has 127 wins to tie Ryan Farms Kennel, which has held the top spot for eight weeks. The kennels will be honored at the Greyhound Nationals on Thursday in Abilene, Kan., for Greys Free Bird and Dominator. BD's Phillip will be recognized from the Marriott kennel. More than 700 pups will compete in spring meet races today and Tuesday, with the stakes finals Friday and the annual auction Saturday. Sales have topped $1-million the past two years. ... The 62nd Gold Trophy Juvenile stakes begins Saturday night. The race is limited to juveniles that have won races this season. Among the early favorites is Oneco Sudsy, who is top dog after her win Thursday to nudge Courageous Nicky to second. Nicky was the Puppy Preview winner and the favorite in the Distance Classic. The stakes final is May 5.
- Correspondent Vera Filipelli and Times wires contributed to this report.