The Cool Virginian conceded from seven to 15 pounds to six opponents in yesterday's $30,000-added Constellation Handicap at Laurel, winning by more than two lengths over the speedy Rye At Sea.
The Cool Virginian, a Marland-bred son of Ice Capade, has won more than $325,000 in his last two seasons. He was ridden by Mike Miceli yesterday and required 1:52 1/5 for the 1 1/8-mile distance over a good track. His winning mutuel was $2.60 and the exacta of 4 and 7 returned $9.80.
Winning owner C. Fred Kohler said after the race that The Cool Virginian is in the process of being syndicated. "He will stand at The Barracks in Virginia."
Miceli said, "I was content to stay second behind Rye At Sea in the backstretch. Really got into The Cool Virginian in the stretch and he responded."
A triple payoff of $4,505.70 developed in the ninth race when Double Vitesse, a horse which had no public workouts despite being sidelined since March, circled the field with a bold rush to post a $32.60 win mutuel. Puncher finished second and Rye Devil, third. The numbers were 6-1-2.
The crowd of 12,574 wagered $1,657,816, up 6.2 percent over last year.