Eddie Gaudet knows the life of a ghostwriter; some of his best work goes uncredited. Yesterday, the trainer saved a speech for himself after Country Day won an allowance race at Laurel.
Gaudet's horses live at Bowie or his Schelford North Farm in Upper Marlboro, but some have a foot in New York. Two owners he trains for, Ted Sabarese and Jim Scibelli, also have stables in New York managed by John Parisella. Parisella generally trains the better stock with higher purses at hand, while Gaudet gets the ailing or less-accomplished.
He acquired Country Day this summer after the colt had run creditably in the Florida Derby, Wood Memorial and Peter Pan stakes. A last-place finish in the Belmont Stakes left him with bad feet, and Scibelli sent him to Gaudet to recuperate.
Country Day returned five months later to win a seven-furlong allowance race at Laurel in fast time and followed yesterday with a hard-fought victory over Temper Time, a stakes winner, in the $23,000 feature. Parisella came down to watch the race with Gaudet.
Parisella was impressed with the colt's strong kick -- Country Day rallied from last and ran the final three furlongs in less than 37 seconds as jockey Mike Luzzi increased his victory lead to two over Edgar Prado. The trainers agreed to pursue the Annapolis Handicap at Laurel later this month, after which the colt likely would return to New York.
"There are no ego trips here," Parisella said. "We have a great working relationship."
Gaudet, fourth this meet with 14 victories, knew Country Day was bound to escape him by virtue of ability.
"They go where they belong," he said. "If that wasn't the job, I wouldn't have had the horse in the first place."