Scott Regan, Bowie's leading conditioner, lists among his many accomplishments the saddling of the maidens Factor Tape and Siren Boy to victory after the pair had lost 62 straight races between them. Regan, 25, proved the feat no fluke by sending both out to win their next starts in open company. The personable conditioner has 23 victories to his credit out of only 66 mounts.
Trainer Ann Small is in a happy quandary. Her charge, Dearly, a 4-year-old sister of the mighty Twixt, has won four races after a slow start and the choice now is whether to await a few possible condition races or shoot for bigger things in added-money events.
Dearly, a gray by the stallion Restless Native, won her last start at Bowie by eight lengths in a brisk 1:23 1/5 for the seven furlongs. Small, a patient woman, says, "we'll play it by ear. She'll tell me what to do."
Jockey agent Bill Fuotto reports that Bryan Fann, Bowie's leading jockey until sidelined by a spill July 12, will receive his final examination today and will be back galloping horses by week's end if given the go-ahead by his doctors. Fann so dominated the early part of this meeting that his 16 winners still put him in the top five in the standings despite missing a full month of riding.
Leading jockey Robert Ussery Jr. will seek his first success in a stakes race when he rides Sideboard in Saturday's $30,000-added Terrapin Handicap at Bowie for trainer Alex Bullock. Englishman Bullock was once trainer for the late Bing Crosby.
Marylanders are impressed with the 2-year-old Antique Gold, who took the measure of Irish Tower with little difficulty Saturday in New Jersey.