Two days after his first starter as a trainer was scratched at the starting gate, Noah Abramson returned to Laurel Park to send out his first career winner in Sunday's fourth race.
Harbortown Stable and breeder Carol Ann Kaye's Temple Sky, a 3-year-old filly racing for the first time, stalked the early pace on the outside, forged a short lead at the top of the stretch and shook off a late challenge from Honor and Blissing to kick clear and win the 5 ½-furlong maiden claiming event by 1 ¾ lengths.
Abramson, an accomplished show horse rider and trainer in Howard County, Md., saddled Hunca Rock for the same connections in the 10th race finale Friday June 16 at Laurel. After acting up at the gate and losing rider Xavier Perez, the 3-year-old Rock Slide gelding was scratched from his race debut.
Temple Sky was the second-longest shot in a field of seven at odds of 14-1, completing the distance in 1:05.25 over a fast main track.
Live racing returns to Laurel Park with a nine-race program Friday that will feature a jackpot carryover of $10,197.47 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 that spans Races 4-9. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.
Tickets with five of six winners Sunday were worth $417.56.
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