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Pizmo Time Sets Course Record in Return Victory Sunday
Meet-Leading Jockey McCarthy Enjoys Three-Win Day
LAUREL, MD – Caves Farm’s Pizmo Time, making his seasonal debut, reeled in Grade 3 winner Archaggelos in mid-stretch and edged clear to a record-setting victory in Sunday’s featured sixth race at Laurel Park.
A gelded 6-year-old son of City Zip trained by Ed Graham and ridden by Jorge Vargas Jr., Pizmo Time ($7) ran one mile in 1:33.91 over firm ground in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up.
The winning time broke the Bowl Game Turf Course record of 1:33.99 set by 6-year-old Seeking Treasure April 16, 2016 and matched by 9-year-old Top Prospect June 16, 2017. It was the fourth course record set since April 20 on Laurel’s world-class turf course.
“He’s come around good,” Graham said. “He was training good coming into this race. His body’s getting more mature. He’s looking stronger now, so I’ve been happy with him.”
Archaggelos, the 2017 Grey (G3) winner racing for the first time since July 28, was sent to the front by jockey Alex Cintron and led through fractions of 24.10 and 47.61 seconds, under mild pressure from 11-1 long shot Chargin Storm as Vargas settled Pizmo Time in third along the rail. Archaggelos maintained the advantage after going six furlongs in 1:10.64, when Vargas tipped Pizmo Time to the outside for the long run to the wire.
Favored at 5-2 in the field of nine, Pizmo Time won by a neck. Archaggelos was second, two lengths ahead of Sue Me, who edged English Minister by a nose for third.
Graham said he would step Pizmo Time, third in the 2016 Grover ‘Buddy’ Delp Memorial at Delaware Park, up in company for his next start.
“We’ll look at a Maryland-bred restricted stake race,” he said. “You always have to try that. That would kind of be what’s next. We’ll see how he comes out of this one.”
Notes: Spring meet-leading jockey Trevor McCarthy picked up three more wins Sunday aboard Notapradaprice ($2.80) in Race 2, Kitty’s Right ($9.20) in Race 5 and Bobby G ($3.80) in Race 7. Horacio Karamanos had a pair of winners, with Sunrisebernsteini ($4.80) in Race 1 and Jefazo ($3.80) in Race 3, along with Sheldon Russell, on Ian Glass ($8) in Race 4 and Top Hat Tizzy ($6.80) in Race 9.
There will be carryovers of $1,517.24 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 (Races 5-10) and $1,251.95 in the $1 Super Hi-5 (Race 1) when live racing returns to Laurel Park Thursday, May 2. Multiple tickets with all six winners in Sunday’s Rainbow 6 each returned $1,137.92. First race post time Thursday, which opens the final weekend of the 19-day spring meet, is 1:10 p.m.