Sunday, September 26, 2004 12:00 AM
Larry Moore wins national handicapping contest qualifier
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 26, 2004 . . . The Turfway Park winner’s circle belonged to jockey Willie Martinez Sunday afternoon. The jockey posted four wins on the 10-race card with victories in races three, five, seven, and eight.
Martinez is currently second in the 2004 Fall Meet standings with 19 wins from 81 mounts. His mounts have earned more than $267,000 since the Fall Meet began September 8. Martinez owns the Turfway record for meet riding titles with nine, all between 1992 and 1999, and won the Fall Meet a record five consecutive times.
Martinez won Sunday’s third race with Full Tank, who left the gate at 14-1, took the lead early, and held on to win by a head. His mount in the fifth, Straw Hat, lost his footing at the start but moved steadily up and drew off to win by 2 1/2 lengths. Southern Serenity earned Martinez his third win, a come-from-behind effort in the seventh that paid $17.70. Cunning Cat nearly wired the eighth race to give Martinez his fourth win for the day.
Moore wins trip to national handicapping contest
Also on Sunday, Larry C. Moore of Louisville, Kentucky, earned himself an early birthday present by winning the second Turfway qualifier for the 2005 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship. Making mythical wagers on 12 races, Moore led most of the way and finished with $118.20. His win earned him $5,000 and a trip to the national contest in Las Vegas in January, where he will compete for the $200,000 top prize.
Moore, who will turn 63 on September 27, comes from a long line of handicappers and horsemen and said he has been playing the races since he was 10 or 11 years old. For a time he co-owned a breeding farm in Shelby County, Kentucky, and he has owned racehorses “off and on,” including Ideveter, winner of the 2002 Valdale Stakes at Turfway. He is back in that game with his purchase of a yearling at the current Keeneland sale. Moore said he enters qualifiers for the national championship two or three times each year. His best finish before today was a top-10 effort at Keeneland in 2002.
William O’Neal of Dayton, Ohio, won $2,500 for his second-place finish with $107.60. Clifford Biddle of Harrison, Ohio, “won” $105.70 to take the $1,000 third-place prize.
Turfway pays the top 10 finishers in its national contest qualifiers, with places six through 10 earning $100 for their efforts. The third and final qualifier available at Turfway is set for December 5. Further information will be available on the track’s web site, www.turfway.com.