Do The Bump, a chestnut gelding, and a little black-and-white dog shared honors as the primary objects of attention yesterday at Bowie.
A holiday crowd of 16,879 bet $1,938,195 on the 10-race program. They were treated to an exciting stretch duel between Do The Bump and John U To Berry in the $27,350 General George Stakes for 3-year-olds, Do The Bump scoring by a nose as the $4.20 favorite.
Equally memorable was the unscheduler appearance of mongrel in the infield shortly before the second race. Post time for the event was 1:28 but it was 1:39 before the dog sprinted across the infield, down the backstretch from the half-mile pole into the parking lot and back onto the main chute.
By then one outrider had been dispatched after the dog, only to be thrown from his horse. A second outrider was only slightly more efficient. The 11 horses entered in the 1 1/16 mile event, meanwhile, stirred about near the starting gate, waiting for the quickest animal on the grounds to turn itself in, or out.
The large crowd gave the dog an ovation when, finally, it retired for the afternoon. The dog's time for two furlongs was unofficially clocked at :41, spottily.
Do The Bump required 1:47 1/5 for the General George distance. Chris McCarron sent the 11-to-10 favorite into the early lead, took back when Governor's Pardon and Northern Match zipped to the front, then rallied to outgame John U To Berry through the stretch.
Vince Bracciale, rider of the runner-up, claimed foul against McCarron, alleging interference through the lane. Actually, Bracciale and John U To Berry were responsible for whatever brushing occurred as they drifted out into the winner.
The first two finishers were five lengths ahead of Steel Bandit, with Governor's Pardon eight lengths farther back.Do The Bump and John U To Berry returned $8.20 as the 3-5 exacta. The latter is a smartly named colt, by his Baltimore owners, his sire being the former Calumet Farm flyer, Forward Pass.
Do The Bump carried 122 pounds, conceding nine to 12 to his six rivals as the only stakes winner in the cast. The victory was worth $17,777.50 from the $27,350 purse. Indications are that the King Leatherbury-trained colt will be made eligible for the Preakness Stakes.
Bracciale and trainer Dick Dutrow failed in the feature with John U To Berry, but they had a banner day otherwise with five winners: Iron Savage, $5.20, in the first; Brave Ace, $7.20, in the third; Ocalahand, $6.60, in the fifth; Lexington Park, $8, in the sixth, and Quadramper, $5.60, in the eight.