Super Sally, Rigbie Charm, Wanda's Tear, Runette, Lady Better Bee and Alpha Delta were scratched from Laurrel's All Brandy Handicap yesterday morning.
Sea Drone was withdrawn shortly after noon. Then, a few minutes following the third race, trainer Bernie Bond phoned the racing secretary's office and informed that Luck Penny, the favorite, also would be scratched.
"The track is too laboring for her to carry 128 pounds." Bond declared.
With Luck Penny out, the highlight of the All Brandy figured to be the trophy presentation by Nancy Dickerson, the newest member of Laurel's board of directors. As it turned out, the result merely offered Dickerson an opportunity to meet one of her Vienna. Va., neighbors, Arthur Pomponio, a Washington builder.
Pomponio owns Moonlight Jug, a sprinter that was slightly favored over Playin' Footsie for the mile of the All Brandy. The crowd of 13.784 bet $17,976 on the winner, $17,374 on Playin' Footsie, which finished sixth.
Moonlight Jig scored by a half-length over Gay Candy, a 45-to-1 shot that took second place by three-quarters of a length over Vodka Talking, the hunch horse. The victory was the first in a stakes for Moonlight Jig after four stakes placings.
Butch Lenzini trains Moonlight Jig, a roan 4-year-old daughter of Jig Time ridden in the All Brandy by Leroy Moyers. She carried 118 pounds, conceding seven Maryland-bred fillies and mares from four to seven pounds through the mile in 1:39 3/5.
"I let that gray mare (Solo Royal) go on the lead because she had all the speed," Moyers remarked. "I figured she'd come back to us, and she did. I never picked up my stick until the eighth pole."
By then, Moonlight Jig had taken the lead from Solo Royal. That invader, fresh from three allowance victories at Calder Race Course in Florida, zipped through early fractions of :22 4/5, :46 1/5 and 1:12 2/5, but had little energy left when Moonlight Jig and Vodka Talking attacked at the top of the stretch.
Gay Candy lodged a good rally in midstretch, only to lug in just when it appeared she might catch the winner.
Moonlight Jig paid $6.20 straight and combined with Gay Candy for a $163.40 return on the 6-10 exacta. She defeated Luck Penny in a six-furlong sprint at Bowie last September. The All Brandy marked her first effort farther than six furlongs in a long time, however.
"We didn't know if she could get a mile," Lenzini confided. "She never has since got her last spring."