Skipat easily defeated a field of seven quality rivals to win by 7 1/2 lengths in yesterday's $100,000-added Barbara Fitchie Handicap at Bowie. Cash Asmussen rode the mare, who paid $8.
Longshot Whispy's Lass finished well to place nearly a length ahead of pacesetter Secret Emotion.
The triumph was worth $72,865 to Skipat's owner, Washington restaurateur Constantine P. (Buzz) Beler, who purchased her privately for a reported $300,000 five races ago. It's In The Air, a $1,600,000 purchase earlier this year, was a well-beaten sixth, with no apparent excuses.
Carrying high weight of 124 pounds, Skipat ran the seven furlongs in a sparking 1:23 over a dull racing strip.
"The Campbell? Absolutely," said trainer Leon Blusiewicz, "if the owners give the go-ahead." The $125,000 added Campbell, the handicap that is Bowie's richest race, has been won once by a female, tosmah, in 1966. The 1 1/4-mile race is scheduled for Saturday.
Secret Emotion was taken to the rail after breaking on top in the Fritchie under Mario Pino. The holder of the track record at Laurel for the six furlongs opened a clear lead down the backstretch. She held it well into the far turn where Skipat, moved away from the deeper going along the rail, was in full pursuit as they turned for home.
Skipat, a daughter of Jungle Cove was struck hard from the right by Asmussen and the chestnut responded with a burst of speed that left her rivals behind.