07/26/2006 12:00AM

Thistledown track report


Cumberland Gap has flashed his amazing speed for the last time. A 14-year-old Allen's Prospect gelding, Cumberland Gap raced for the 161st time Saturday, setting the pace into the stretch, as usual, before tiring to finish fifth. In his 13 years of racing he posted at 34-26-17 record for earnings of $324,183. Fifteen of his wins came at Thistledown.

"We're doing what is in the best interest of the horse," said Robin Schuster, who trains Cumberland Gap.

According to Schuster, Cumberland Gap will be retired at owner Mark Yagour's farm in nearby Chesterland, Ohio.

* After 10 years as assistant

trainer to Michael Nance, Aaron O'Leary took out his trainer's license and last Saturday saddled his first winner, Peggy's Favorite. O'Leary has five horses in his barn.

* Three female riders and three female trainers combined to win six of the seven races held here last Friday. Anne Sanguinetti rode the first winner, Sip of Wine ($7.80), apprentice Joyce Brown came got the job done with Slew's Colony ($26) in the next race, and longtime Thistledown regular Jane Magrell won the 11th with Lisa's Dancer ($5.20)

Trainers Tracey Newman, Ariane Wilson, and Sandy Plato all saddled winners.

* On Sunday, Sanguinetti won with Colonel Warden, Grifton, and River Up. Sanguinetti has has won with 30 of her 234 mounts since the beginning of the season on April 14. She came here to ride first call for trainer Burton Sipp and has steadily been picking up outside mounts.

Scott Spieth tops the rider standings with 69 wins. Luis Martinez Jr. and Ricky Feliciano are tied for second with 44.

Jeff Radosevich holds an 18-win advantage (48-30) over Rodney Faulkner in the trainers' race. Sipp is third with 23. Benny Feliciano has saddled 9 winners from 53 starters and is the leading percentage trainer at 53.