Carlisle Lancaster realized a boyhood dream when his 2-year-old colt, Star De Naskra, won the $25,000-added Marlboro Nursery Stakes at Bowie yesterday by a length over Peaceful Country. Lancaster was born in Bowie and has always wanted to win a big one at its track.
He said after yesterday's feature, "This is what I dreamt about when I was a kid. This colt is the first stakes winner I've ever had at Bowie in the 16 years I've been an owner."
Trainer Richard Ferris said, "This colt likes to loaf when he gets the lead. He went the six furlongs in 1:10 2/5 then loafed to the wire in 1:24 1/5. His next start will be at Laurel or Meadowlands."
Star De Naskra has total career earnings of $98,473 after winning his fifth race in eight starts. The son of Naskra-Candle Star returned $3.20 to win under Vince Bracciale.
Recidian was first out of the gate for the Marlboro and was soon joined by Constantine Beler's Isella from the outside. Traffic Warning made a move after a quarter but soon dropped out of it as Star De Naskra moved up to challenge the leaders.
Star De Naskra opened a clear lead in midstretch when Isella tired, but had to be urged to the end as Peaceful Country came running at the end under Leroy Moyers, who had won three races earlier on the card.
Saturday's crowd of 12,027 wagered $1,325,128 on the nine-race card run in idea autumn weather.