A horse from the country and a horse from the big city won divisions of the Laurel Turf Cup yesterday.
Grey Beret, favored at 9 to 5 scored by 2 1/4 lengths in the first half of the 1 1/2 mile grass stake. Trumpeter Swan a 12-to-1 chance took the second section by five lengths. Their times were 2:32 and 2:31 1/5 respectively.
"This horse (Grey Beret) likes the farm, not the excitement of the race track. I train him there," septuagenarian trainer Morris Dixon said. "He can be temperamental. He wants the green grass of home. The boys on the farm exercise him up to his races."
Island Tim finished second to the 5-year-old gelding with Pirogue third. Leroy Moyers rode the winner.
Dixon now owns Grey Beret. He trained the horse for several years for the late Mrs. W.C. Wright.
Yesterday marked Gary Beret's first competition since August. He came back sharp just as he had this spring at Pimlico after Dixon rested the gelding on his Cochranville Pa., farm for nearly seven months. At Pimlico, Grey Beret returned with a second-place effort behind Improviser in the Dixie Handicap, also decided over 1 1/2 miles on the grass.
Grey Beret rallied from off the pace under 112 pounds to return $5.60 straight and $30.80 with the 8-to-1 Island Tim in the exacta. Winners of the divisions of the Turf Cup earned $27.090 from gross purses of $45.450.
Trumpeter Swan ran down Interdicto and the 4-to-5 favorite. Bemo to take the second half in qually convincing style, paying $27.20 straight. David Borden was aboard. Trumpeter Swan carried 168 pounds, compared to 120 on the runner-up.
The victor shipped in from Belmont Park in New York his home base. A 6-year-old gelding, he had been finding the going difficult there against allowance rivals and on Sept. 3 was dropped into $50.000 claiming company.
On his best days, however, Trumpeter Swan can be tough as he showed on the one occasion this summer at Saratoga.
Caesar P. Kimmel his owner is executive vice-president of Warner Communications. Kimmel came from New York to see the race. "I purchased this horse privately from his breeder. Harold Snowden, about 2 1/2 years ago," the owner said. I've always like him."
J. J. Toner, the trainer, said Trumpeter Swan might make its next start in the Knickerbocker Handicap on the Aqueduct turf.
Laurel offered three races on its re-conditioned grass course yesterday which is one more than was presented all last fall. A total of five events were run over Laurel's grass in 1975 and 1976, including two renewals of the Washington, D.C. International.