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PACER RALLIES FOR VICTORY AT RACEWAY; MARYLAND REDUCES TRAINER'S SUSPENSION

Youknowwhatimean, overlooked by the bettors, came through the backstretch from dead last to take the lead at the three-quarter pole before romping to a 5 1/2 -length win in Saturday's Buffalo Raceway pacing feature.

Expertly rated in the early going by provisional driver Joseph Nassimos, Youknowwhatimean was seven lengths back of the leading Ima Logger as he started his three wide move just beyond the five-eighths pole.

The 5-year-old, two lengths to the good around the final turn, continued to increase his lead in the stretch until reaching the final margin over Udalafesta, another long shot.

In picking up his ninth win of the year in his Raceway debut, Youknowwhatimean returned $6.40.

Trainer's ban eased

BALTIMORE -- The Maryland Racing Commission made one of its most unusual rulings last week, suspending owner-trainer Michael Angelastro 15 days because of a positive test for Lasix that was not authorized, then permitting him to go to the track each day to exercise horses.

The action greatly reduced the penalty that normally prohibits persons from going on the grounds of a track while suspended.

The only restriction on Angelastro would be that he could train horses but would have to turn them over to a licensed trainer for them to be entered and run.

The stewards originally issued the ruling, but would not comment about the reduction in penalty last week, after an appeal by Angelastro.

Bruce Spizler, assistant attorney general representing the commission, would not say why the members had cut back on the penalty, but noted the decision followed somewhat the action taken involving Danny Murray, who trains harness horses and also works as a maitre d' in the Rosecroft Raceway dining room.

When Murray was suspended for a positive test, the board permitted him to be on the grounds at night for his dining-room job.

What a Cooker has surgery

MIAMI -- Unbeaten 2-year-old What a Cooker has been sidelined by ankle surgery that could keep him out of contention for the 1991 Kentucky Derby.

The operation was performed to remove bone chips from one of the colt's ankles. He might not return to the track until March or April.

Trainer Frank Gomez said he was hopeful What a Cooker could return earlier next year.

The colt has been based at Calder Race Course, where he won all three career starts, including the first two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes.

A stone bruise prevented What a Cooker from competing in the last leg of the Stallion Stakes series in October. Smith said recent X-rays revealed damage worse than previously thought.

Best Pal goes for million

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Best Pal will try to surpass the $1 million mark in earnings as a 2-year-old today in the $1 million Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park.

Best Pal will be ridden by Jose Santos in the 10th running of the mile race for 2-year-olds that offers a top prize of $495,000. The California-bred son of Habitony, trained by Ian Jory, enters the race having earned $531,195 this year.

Best Pal will be coupled in the wagering with General Meeting, who will be ridden by Chris McCarron.

Rose Marie Di rallies

CHICAGO -- Rose Marie Di outran 30-1 long shot Oriental Rhythm in the final 100 yards to win the $111,750 Illinois Breeders' Debutante Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course.

A half length separated the pair in the 1 1/1 6-mile race for Illinois-bred 2-year-old fillies. Steady Miss, a 40-1 shot, was third in the field of 12.

Ridden by Carlos Silva, Rose Marie Di paid $7.80, $4.80 and $5.20. The winner was coupled with Dancer On Wings. Oriental Rhythm returned $24.20 and $15.60. Steady Miss paid $18.80.

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