Vindicating the judgment of the crowd of 11,215 who made her the overwhelming 2-to-5 favorite, Elaine I. Bassford's Double Gate Lady took the lead soon after the start and romped to a five-length victory in the 32,800 Bowie Kindergarten Stakes at Bowie race course yesterday.
The six-furlong event for 2-year old fillies highlighted the final program of this 36-day fall meet which showed substantial increases in both attendance and handle figures. The total meet mutuel handle of $324,488,755 for a daily average of $902,465 was up 23 percent over the corresponding meeting of 1978. (There was no fall meet in 1979 due to a longer Timonium meet)
The total attendance of 251,152 for an average of 6,976, was up over 11 percent over the 1978 meeting.
Oliver Steinberg's Tricki Vicki finished second in the Kindergarten, two lengths in front of Jane P. Brady's Laine A. Ferraro's Jean Marie. Larking Hill Farm's Foolette completed the field, finishing seven lengths further back.
Double Gate Lady, a 2-year-old daughter of Groton out of Scorcher, finished first in each of three previous starts, but had her record blemished when she was disqualified in her debut and placed second.
Today she won $21,320 to increase her earnings to $35,950.
Bill Passmore walked away with top honors in the jockey's division with 33 winners and Ronald Alfano topped the trainers with 23 victories.
The racing scene will shift to Laurel Monday with a nine-race program highlighted by the $69,800 Laurel Turf Cup, bringing together a fine field of 15 grass specialists. Post time for the first race will be 12:30.