Call the King, a speed horse trained by veteran Bernie Bond, led every step of the way to win the $25,000-added Heagerty Stakes at Bowie yesterday by 1 1/2 lengths over Quiet Jay. Ten Ten, the odds-on favorite, drove to be third, a nose behind Quiet Jay.
Call The King is a 3-year-old son of the promising stallion Rollicking and the Heagerty victory was his fourth in nine starts. The cold has been off the board only once in his career when his reins broke after the start of a mile race. Call The King ran yesterday's seven furlongs in 1:26 1/5 and paid $17 to win.
Leroy Moyers, the regular rider for trainer Bond, said he "didn't want to make the lead early but had to go with him. I kept him about his business through the stretched."
Bond said, "We'll probably go next in the Burch (six furlongs for 3-year-olds on Feb. 11). This is my second Heagerty; Rollicking, Call The King's sire, won it in 1970."
Call The King proved the top part of a 7-2 exacta worth $97.20. The crowd of 13,373 wagered $1,533, 219.