Undefeated Candy Eclair strengthed her claim for top 2-year-old filly honors yesterday when she won the $75,000 added Selima Stakes at Laurel by 11/2 lengths over Whisper Fleet. Drope Me A Note was third, another 11/2 lengths behind Whisper Fleet.
Candy Eclair had won her previous four starts including the Brigantine and Mermaid Stakes.Golferette, who won the Frizette, tired and finished out of the money.
Candy Eclair is owned by Mrs. D. H. Paxson, daughter of Northern Jove, Candy Eclair was ridden by Anthony Black and ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 3/5 over a fast but deep track. The winner paid $6.20.
Drop Me A Note was first out of the gate when the seven horse field was dispatched by starter Eddie Blind. She was joined by Candy Eclair and the two matched strides for several yards until the winner edged away while still under wraps.
Approaching the far turn. Candy Eclair continued to lead while Golferette called it a day on the rail, and Whisper Fleet was being extricated from close quarters by Herb Hinojoss.
Entering the stretch Whisper Fleet headed Candy Eclair for several strides. But the Allen King-trained horse responded to the whip and drew off to win authority.
King said, "She's the only good filly who is unbeaten this year and she should receive all the consideration in the world for the Eclipse award.
"I don't think I'll race her again this year."
Laurel's opening day crowd of 13,303 wagered $1,397,462. A drop from the figures of 14,796 and $1,522,261 of a year ago.