In five days at Bowie Race Course, jockey Larry Millholland has drawn the attention of media, stewards and fellow jockeys without winning a race.
Millholland came to Bowie from Louisiana, a 27-year-old apprentice who was winless in 37 mounts. On his first assignment last Wednesday, Millholland steered late-running Betty Francis (41 to 1) through an opening along the rail to finish second.
Following his strong debut, Millholland has proceeded inauspiciously. Aboard 5-to-2 Amber Bug on Thursday, Millholland was in second position midway around the turn, closing fast on Mamoo Shamoo, who was running on the inside.
Amber Bug appeared to have Mamoo Shamoo measured, but as the field swung into the stretch, Amber Bug did not, continuing straight toward the grandstand. By the time Millholland pointed Amber Bug toward the finish line, Mamoo Shamoo was 2 1/2 lengths in front. Amber Bug finished a distant second.
In Saturday's fifth race, the stewards took note. Millholland advanced Buck Bowie (6 to 1) into second position along the backstretch, then took him wide around the turn as he pressed Eternal Count and jockey Martin Ramirez, who were even farther outside. But as the horses entered the stretch, Buck Bowie veered to his left, shutting off one horse and impeding two others. Buck Bowie finished a comfortable second, but disqualification placed him seventh.
"I was pressured into the situation," Millholland said. "I thought Ramirez was in trouble. I thought I'd need more room to get by him. He fooled me. It taught me an expensive lesson."
Millholland begins a seven-day suspension Thursday for his careless ride. Four other jockeys will be in the midst of suspensions: Wayne Barnett, Oscar Perez, Carlos Canino and Gavin Van Zyl.
Jockey Frank Manco, injured when thrown from a horse last week at Bowie, was released after spending one night in Doctor's Hospital in Lanham, where he was treated for minor back injuries. He is expected to resume riding this week.
Andy's Bad Place, a filly making her first career start, unseated Manco as she stepped onto the track for Friday's fourth-race post parade. Manco, 46, laid motionless, face-down for several minutes before he was fitted with a neck brace and removed by stretcher.
John Baboolal replaced Manco aboard Andy's Bad Place, who finished fourth.
After one week, Bowie's attendance and handle are up considerably over last year.
Bowie averaged 6,329 fans per day for its first six days this meeting, a 16.6 percent increase. The average handle of $697,830 was up 39.4 percent.
Saturday's crowd of 10,079 wagered $260,069 on the Belmont Stakes simulcast -- the first and probably last in Bowie history -- and bet $1,448,698 on the 10-race card . . . E.T. McLean has replaced Tommy Baker as racing secretary for Timonium's 10-day meeting that begins Aug. 24. McLean, 46, chose as his assistant Billy Passmore Jr.