12/18/2010 5:26PM

Concealed Identity gives Gaudet surprise victory in Maryland Juvenile Championship

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J.D. Acosta guides Concealed Idenity to a 7-1 upset in the Maryland Juvenile Championship.

Concealed Identity ended a long stakes drought for trainer Eddie Gaudet when he emerged from a three-way stretch battle to upset the Maryland Juvenile Championship, the closing-day feature at Laurel Park.

Gaudet, 80, who won this stakes 23 years ago with Trap Line, had gone 0 for 10 in stakes since taking the Blue Hen at Delaware Park in October 2007.

Concealed Identity ($17.40), the third choice in a field of five Maryland-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings, was making his first start since finishing fifth going a mile on Oct. 29.

“He wasn’t up to going a mile,” Gaudet said of Concealed Identity’s last time out. “We had a lot of trouble with him and he wasn’t as fit as he could be for that race. He’s really gotten himself together.

"Other than Steady Warrior there didn’t seem to be too much in here,” Gaudet said. “He was training well leading up to this spot, so we took the chance. I don’t think we’ll win the Derby but he is nice and does everything right. I think he’ll be able to handle tougher company. He had a little tough luck, losing an eye rolling in the stall. We had to baby him along and he shied away from things but right now he’s really getting himself together.”

 

Jockey J.D. Acosta, aboard Concealed Identity for the first time, said his mount, who was fighting with heavily favored Steady Warrior and Go Maire Tu in midstretch, responded when he got after him.

"Once I hit him left handed he took off, he hit another gear, that really helped big time.”
Concealed Identity, now 2 for 3 lifetime, drew clear by 3 1/2 lengths over Broad Rule, the 5-2 second choice who edged Go Maire Tu by a neck for second. The winning time for 71/2 furlongs was 1:32.12.

Steady Warrior, a two-time stakes winner who had not been worse than second in four previous starts, faded from contention late to wind up fourth, a neck behind Go Maire Tu, creating skewed payoffs for show. Concealed Identity paid $35 to show. Broad Rule paid $22.80 and Go Maire Tu $31.80 in the show slots.

Boyce, Grove top jockey and trainer for 2010

 

Maryland natives Forest Boyce and Chris Grove wrapped up year-end titles at the major Maryland tracks for 2010.

Despite riding only 18 winners during the first two meets of the season, Boyce, 26, won her first riding championship in the state with 104 victories at Laurel and Pimlico during 2010. She won the riding title for the Laurel fall meeting with 71 winnes. Erick Rodriguez finished second in the overall standings with 99 first-place finishes.

 

“It is absolutely amazing,” said Boyce, who also won the riding title during the Laurel summer meet.

 

Grove, 41, saddled 57 winners at the major Maryland tracks during the campaign, four more than Scott Lake, who had won five straight training titles in the state. The Grove barn captured the Laurel winter and Laurel summer titles. Grove, who ranks among the top 50 trainers nationally with a career-best 95 victories and $2.1 million in earnings this year, won the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie and General George handicaps at Laurel on Feb. 15 with Sweet Goodbye and Greenspring. saddled four consecutive winners at Laurel on Aug. 14.

 

Dickie Small and John Rigattieri shared the Laurel fall training title with 18 wins apiece during the 57-day meet. Hamilton Smith and Ferris Allen finished one win behind the co-leaders.