Updated on 11/05/2011 5:24PM

Laurel: Concealed Identity stays perfect on turf by taking Find Handicap

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Sheldon Russell guides Concealed Identity to his second straight daylight victory since the 3-year-old was switched to the turf in Saturday's Find Handicap.

It looks like the 3-year-old gelding Concealed Identity is going to have to take his show on the road.

Making his second straight start on grass after beginning his career with 12 races on dirt, including a pair of stakes wins, Concealed Identity made it back-to-back impressive scores on the turf by taking Saturday’s $ $60,000 Find Handicap at Laurel Park.

The 1 1/16-mile Find, restricted to Maryland-breds, was the final grass stakes of the season in Maryland. Lacey Gaudet, the daughter and assistant trainer to her father, 81-year-old Eddie Gaudet, said fans can expect to see the son of Smarty Jones going south for the winter to remain racing on grass.

“There are some races in Florida and Louisiana that we will look at,” Lacey Gaudet said. “We’ll try to keep him against this caliber of horses.”

Gaudet said the horse's most likely winter destination is Tampa Bay Downs.

Concealed Identity is co-owned by another of Gaudet’s daughters, Linda, in partnership with the new owner of Monmouth Park, Morris Bailey.

The elder Gaudet said Concealed Identity has flourished as a racehorse despite going blind in one eye as the result of an accident in his stall.

"I came into his stall one day and he had a splinter in his eye," Gaudet said. "We had a doctor take a look at it but he wasn't able to save the eye. So we call him one-eye or just one around the barn and he responds to it."

Gaudet announced earlier this week that he plans on retiring from training at the end of the year with 23-year-old Lacey taking over the Bowie Training Center barn. The elder Gaudet finished third among Maryland trainers, behind King Leatherbury and Dale Capuano, for three straight years in the mid-1990s and has 1,730 victories in a career that began in 1959.

“I will still be hanging around the barn but it is time,” said Gaudet, who won the 1971 Black-Eyed Susan with At Arms Length and the 1991 General George Handicap with Star Touch. “Lacey wants to pursue this as a career and was really ready years ago. She is a great horsewoman and they [Lacey and Linda] have been doing a great deal of the work for quite some time.”

“We have talked about this for a long time,” added Lacey Gaudet, who was the trainer of record for the barn at Colonial Downs in 2007. “Everybody knows he is 80 years old and trains for our family and Mr. Bailey so it is difficult getting new clients. But his success is going to help me.”

Ridden by Sheldon Russell, Concealed Identity was kept off the pace, sitting in fourth after the first six furlongs in 1:15.56 on a course rated good.

“The turf was on the soft side again,” said Russell, referring to the same type of footing on which Concealed Identity won his grass debut by 6 1/2 lengths a month ago. “But on the first turn he handled it well and I wasn’t worried. When I asked him, he came running.”

Concealed Identity ($3) made a four-wide bid to challenge for the lead and hooked up with the 5-year-old New York shipper Monument Hill at the top of the stretch. They raced in tandem briefly  before Concealed Identity took command approaching the eighth pole and drew off to win by four lengths. The winning time was 1:53.61.

Monument Hill, who drifted outward and then inward in deep stretch, managed to hold second by a half-length over the early pacesetter Dream Louise.