Al Akman is president of Local 692 of the Retail Store Employees Union, which represents employees at the Bowie,Laurel and Pimlico race tracks in Maryland. In that capacity, he was instrumental in averting a srike that was scheduled to begin at Bowie yesterday.
Al Akman is also co-owner of a race horse named Looms Boy, which has failed to win a race in 15 previous atempts.
But yesterday, in the second race at Bowie, Looms Boy won.
"This horse o Akman's is a maiden, hasn't won in 15 tries in two years" a Bowie mutuel clerk said shortly before Looms Boy's victorious race yesterday. "If he's going to win, today's the day. He'll never find another field of bums any worse."
On Wednesday, after the surprising announcement that the Bowie strike had been called off for now despite a 430-to-33 union strike vote Tuesday night, Akman predicted tat people might get the wrong idea if his horse happened to win yesterday.
"I can't win no matter what he (Looms Boy) does," Akman said. "My horses haven't won since November. Just as sure as one wins Thursday, somebody is going to say I delayed the strike long enough to collect a purse."
Apparently, Looms Boy's victory was no surprise to the regular betorsat Bowie. When the betting windows opened for the second race, the odds on Looms Boy were 5 to 2. By race time, he was the favorite at 6 to 5.
By winning the seven-furiong race by three-quarters of a length in 1:27 1/3, he paid $4.40 to win, combined with Sandargent for a $141.60 exacta on the 5-3 cobination, and was the second half of a daily double (with Cold Spring Harbor in the first race) worth $69.
The victory also produced a $2,400 purse for Looms Boy's owners.