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October 6, 2011

Concealed Identity Impressive in Turf Debut

Posted in: Press Releases by Shawn Short on October 6, 2011 at 8:40 am

LAUREL, MD. 10-05-11—Linda Gaudet & Morris Bailey’s Concealed Identity returned to his winning ways with a convincing triumph in today’s feature at Laurel Park, a $33,000 allowance contested over the turf.

Trained by Eddie Gaudet, Concealed Identity rose to local prominence by winning Pimlico’s Federico Tesio Stakes. Two weeks later the Smarty Jones gelding was put to the test in the Preakness Stakes (G1), finishing tenth.

Three more stakes attempts left Concealed Identity still reeling without a win, so Gaudet opted to try him on the turf for the first time this afternoon. The result – a galloping 6-1/2 length victory in 1:39.79.

“We thought he would like it,” Gaudet said. “I don’t usually bet a lot of money but today I bet $50 on him to win. He is very fluid like a turf horse and we have been anxious to run him on the turf. He is a talented horse, confirmation wise, pedigree wise. He has a lot of class and he showed it today.”

Concealed Identity paid $7.00 to win, so his trainer pocketed $175.

PINO, VEGA, RODRIGUEZ BACK IN MARYLAND RIDING COLONY

The Maryland jockey colony gained more than 11,000 career victories when Mario Pino, Harry Vega and Erick Rodriguez returned to Maryland after spending the last five months riding at Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania.

Pino, who turned 50 last month, ranks 14th all-time with 6,382 victories, including nearly 5,000 at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course, Bowie Track and Timonium. The Ellicott City resident, who had two off the board finishes today, won his first race aboard Ed’s Desire on January 16, 1979 at Bowie.

“It is always good to come back,” said Pino, who rode Hard Spun to on the board finishes in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic. “It felt good yesterday when I woke up and didn’t have to make the long drive to Erie.”

Pino became the 15th jockey in North America to win 6,000 races when he rode Pass Play, a horse trained by his brother Mike, to victory at Laurel on November 7, 2007. His next career goal is to land in the top 10 all-time before retiring. He is 89 wins away from passing Earlie Fires and moving into that elusive company.

“My goal has been to be in the top 10 all-time and it seems I am focusing on that more than any other milestone because when I hit it I am not going to ride again,” added Pino, who has surpassed 200 wins 11 times in his career. “I am still a lot of winners away but am whittling it down. I have never been one to look at stats but find myself glancing more now that this is a possibility.”

Vega captured his 3,916th career winner in his only mount of the afternoon (Torchme-$4.20-race 2). The 46-year-old has been a mainstay in the mid-Atlantic since 2000, after relocating from New England.

Rodriguez collected his 1,000th career victory at Presque Isle in late June. The 31-year-old has been a top 10 rider in the state of Maryland since 2003, including second place finishes in 2006, 2009 and 2010. This afternoon he rode I Am the King in the 8th race, his only mount on the card.