Dancing Dot, a 3-year-old filly by Dancing Count, made it three victories in as many career starts today when she won the $33,300 Queenstown Stakes, Bowie's opening-day feature, by five lengths over the erratic-running Applause. Annie's Dream held well for third, two lengths farther back.
Batna, winner of the $100,000-added Black Eyed Susans in her last start, finished a well-beaten fourth.
Dancing Dot never was headed, drawing away at the end to post a 1:24 2/5 clocking for the seven furlongs. She paid $4.
The winning trophy was accepted by owner Elizabeth J. Todd of Monkton, Md., who said, "This is my first stakes winner and I am so thrilled. I purchased her for $13,000 at the Maryland sales."
Jockey Don Miller, who was riding the winner for the first time, said, "I had to touch her several times with the whip early. She was hand-ridden the rest of the way."
The opening-day crowd was 6,338 and Bowie General Manager Al Karwacki said he was not disappointed with the turnout. "It was the first really hot day we've had lately . . . We'll just have to impress the fans that we have excellent air-conditioning at Bowie, the best way to beat the heat. Seriously, if we do $825,000 average this meeting we'll be doing fine." Yesterday's handle reached $874,979.
Veteran racing official Edward Litzenberger said he will retire as a steward on the Maryland racing circuit after this season.
"The Bible says that a man lives threescore and 10. That leaves some good years for me to enjoy my home in Clearwater, Fla.," said the former jockey. "I'll probably work through the year but nothing definite about which meeting will be my closing one."