Three horses hit the finish line as a team in yesterday's Conniver Handicap, Bowie's final feature of the winter season. And when the photo was developed it showed Sentencia a narrow winner over the odds-on favorite, Silver Ice. Nobulee was a neck farther back after encountering traffic problems in the run through the stretch.
Sentencia was given a strong ride by Arnold Iliescue, who matched efforts with Bowie's leading jockey, Bill Passmore, astide Silver Ice. The winner is a 4-year-old filly by the stallion Turn To Reason.Ironically, she was bred by C. Oliver Goldsmith, the owner of Silver Ice. She was bought by Charles Caprill at the Eastern Fall Sales for $4,300. Yesterday was her first stakes win.
Veteran Passmore, a grandfather at age 47, was the Bowie season's leading jockey, winning 61 races, most of them for trainer King T. Leatherbury.
Ron Alfano, a trainer for only four years, was the leading conditioner with 36 victories. Alfano, 34, is a protege of Richard Dutrow, who finished third in the standings with 32 wins.
Friday's card had 7,174 customers betting $1,019,334.
Racing moves to Pimlico today with the $25,000-added Hirsch Jacobs Handicap listed as the feature. Post time is 1 p.m.