New York trainers missed the bargain of the season last month when they allowed Isolla to run and win a claiming race at Belmont Park, with no takers. Isolla, out of the brillaint mare Gallamar, had already won added money events and more than $150,000. As a stallion prospect alone, he would have been worth at least twice the claiming price of $100,000.
To further emphasize the lack of alertness on the part of the usually daring and free-spending New York trainers, Isolla came back off the claiming win to score a neck victory over Dave's Friend in the $25,000-added Terrapin Handicap, posting the fastest six furlongs of the Bowie meeting in the process.
Gov. Harry Hughes is expected to name a new commissioner to the Maryland Thoroughbred and Harness Boards today. Each of the boards has a commissioner whose tenure expires soon.
Robert W. Purtick is expected to be replaced as the lone Republican appointee on the Thoroughbred Board, possibly by former state legislator Porter Hopkins from the Eastern Shore.
There are reports William Adkins, also of the Eastern Shore, turned down an offer to serve in place of current member Paul Ewell, who has been targeted for dismissal from the Harness Board by Del. Paul Weisengoff, who heads important committees in the House dealing with racing matters.
Freestate Raceway will play host to Maryland's thoroughbred community July 8. Horsemen from the flat tracks will drive standardbred horses in exhibition races.
All thoroughbred race trackers will be admitted free by showing their Bowie horseman's credentials.