El Gran Senor, a son of the incomparable Northern Dancer, is the favorite to be named the Maryland-bred 3-year-old champion of 1984. The colt won two Grade 1 stakes -- one in Ireland, the other in England -- and was narrowly beaten in the Epsom Derby in England. Results of the voting should be announced this month.
* Veteran Herb Hinojosa, who appeared certain to become a Hall of Fame rider until a hand accident more than 20 years ago set back his career, looked in good form last Friday when he guided Sir Elberton to an $85 upset victory. Hinojosa has been absent from Maryland racing for the past year.
* Trainer King T. Leatherbury got the money Sunday when his promising first-time starter I Am the Game won by four lengths at Aqueduct under Angel Cordero. Leatherbury said afterward, "I'm going to skip the Heagerty Stakes (at Bowie) this Saturday since it is too close to this race. But Abbundi (Larry Abbundi, Bowie racing secretary) has a series of races scheduled for 3-year-olds at Laurel that interests me; especially the bonus for winning two or more of the races."
Applause, another shipper to Aqueduct last week, was not so lucky, as she finished third to Am Capable in the Interborough Handicap on New Year's Day.
* Under the terms of the sale of Laurel Race Course, Frank Brady, former general manager and now a director, will live in the house on Laurel property rent-free for one year. And Ken Schertle, the current general manager, will be paid $60,000 on his continuing-employe account.
* The appeal of the Maryland Racing Commission's refusal to grant Jesse Davidson a license to ride in races has been held in abeyance in Circuit Court by Judge Milton Allen. Davidson is a former national riding champion who was convicted of race fixing in 1975 and has made several unsuccessful appeals for reinstatement.
* Trainer Michael Binning, husband of former jockey Linda Reantillo, saddled a winner on his first try when he sent Grundoon out to win the sixth race Friday at Bowie.
* After Jyp carried 122 pounds to a 1:09 2/5 clocking for six furlongs, fastest of the current meeting, trainer John Tammaro III said, "I think I'll keep him sprinting for a while. Then there are some minor stakes towards the end of the meeting that should fit him just right."
* Guy, an 11-year-old gelding, was claimed by Dale Kaenel Saturday for $4,500 under the new rule that says anybody can claim a horse instead of only those who have started a horse at the meeting. Dale Kaenel is the father of Jack Kaenel, winner of the 1982 Preakness astride Aloma's Ruler. Guy has won 45 races, mostly for trainer Richard Dutrow.