Lady Dean, who has always shown a fondness for the Bowie Race Course strip, and The Wheel Turns, from New York, remained unbeaten in 1982 with victories yesterday in divisions of the $142,900 Barbara Fritchie Handicap.
Lady Dean, winning for the fifth time this Bowie meeting, covered the seven furlongs in 1:24 1/5 in the first division, beating nine rivals. New York-based Sweet Revenge closed well for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Sinister Queen.
Lady Dean, ridden by Donald Miller Jr., now has earned more than $150,000 in 1981-82, with nine victories in her last 16 starts. Yesterday she paid $6 as the favorite and highweight with 119 pounds.
Owner David P. Reynolds of Richmond, chairman of the board of Reynolds Metals, said of his filly, "She's tough. I own her mother (Lady Provost) and Lady Dean is the best of her many foals. Her future? Ask her trainer, Ron Alfano."
Alfano, currently vying for training honors with King Leatherbury, said, "Her running time was good. She runs as fast as she has to, but I believe her best races are at a route. She would do well at Pimlico in routes with those sharp turns and her natural speed. We'll see."
In the second division, The Wheel Turns, who had won three straight at Aqueduct, overwhelmed eight rivals for a three-length victory over favored Island Charm in 1:23 3/5. The Wheel Turns was ridden by Former Bowie regular Gregg McCarron who said, "She was best, though I did have to show her the whip several times."
The Wheel Turns ($9.80) stalked the early pace before drawing away in the stretch. The daughter of Big Burn carried 121 pounds, one less than Island Charm. The $46,767.50 brought the winner's seasonal earnings over $100,000.
A crowd of 12,593 wagered $1,786,088.