10/22/2002 11:00PM

Cora wins six races on Penn card


The easiest way to make money at Penn National Race Course last week was simply to bet every horse David Cora rode.

Cora, 22, tied a track record when he won six of the nine races on last Friday night's program, then followed up by riding five more winners Saturday night.

The two-night spree gave Cora 15 wins from 30 mounts for the week. A $2 win bet on all 30 of his mounts would have returned $116.40. Nine of Cora's winners were horses trained by meet leader Harry Thompson.

Penn National's leading rider last season with 279 wins and well in front this year with 208 winners through Oct. 19, Cora is the sixth rider to win six races on a single card at the track. The feat was first accomplished in December 1974, when then-apprentice Chris McCarron did it twice within eight days. J.R. Garcia, Jose Flores, Luis Munar, and Mark Salvaggio also had six wins on one program.

Seattle Tac to take a break

Seattle Tac, fourth in last week's Blue Hen Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Delaware Park, will be given the winter off and brought back next spring. Although disappointed Seattle Tac was unable to earn a top-three finish, trainer Graham Motion said he was encouraged that she was beaten only about four lengths despite a wide trip.

"I thought it was a good effort," Motion said. "She got carried very wide on the first turn especially, and even on the second turn. It looked like she was really running on the last eighth of a mile. Probably the farther she goes, the better, now that we got her to relax. I think she will be a better 3-year-old."

* Due to the end of Daylight Savings Time, first race post time will move up to 12:20 p.m. for the remainder of the Delaware meet starting Sunday. The 143-day meet is scheduled to conclude on Nov. 17.

Fogeslonger in race for top 'bug'

Apprentice rider Ryan Fogeslonger has picked up right where he left off when racing in Maryland shifted from Pimlico to Laurel Park.

Through the first 11 days of the fall meet, Fogelsonger has ridden 23 winners, 11 more than second-place Mario Pino.

Fogelsonger, 21, has collected 72 wins in the last 31 days at Pimlico and Laurel and has won at least one race on 20 straight programs.

"This has been an unbelievable experience," said Fogelsonger, 21, who leads northern California-based Francisco Duran by 21 victories in the race for most wins by an apprentice this year, even though he didn't win his first race until May 1.

"I am thinking about the Eclipse Award because everyone around here is talking about it. But I am not taking anything for granted because nothing is definite until you cross that wire."

* Because of the Breeders' Cup, Laurel will have a special 11:30 a.m. post time Saturday. Included in the 11-race program will be a pair of $50,000 stakes races, the Waya for filly and mare turf runners, and the Ta Wee for female sprinters.

'Blessed' by equipment change

An equipment change and a return to her favorite rider helped Abundantly Blessed ($17.40) pull a surprise in Tuesday night's $77,900 Mountaineer Park HBPA Stakes for fillies and mares.

Trainer Tim Hamm removed the blinkers Abundantly Blessed wore for her last start and reunited the 3-year-old filly with Julio Felix, who had ridden her to her last victory on July 26.

Malvern Rose, the 3-5 favorite, seeking her fourth straight victory, held a two-length lead with a furlong remaining in the six-furlong stakes, but Abundantly Blessed blew by her to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:12.48. Persian Silver, whose last six races were at a mile on turf, finished third in her first dirt sprint since May.

In her only two previous tries in stakes, Abundantly Blessed had finished seventh in both the Pennsylvania Oaks and last year's Hoosier Debutante.