Who says lightning can’t strike . . . twice!

Jul 3, 2001 3:43 AM

Trainers whose horses finish second in a race often dream the stewards will find something wrong in the running of the race and the winner will be disqualified.

Sometimes those dreams come true. But, TWICE in the same afternoon?

Yet, that’s exactly what happened to a pair of runners from Bobby Frankel’s barn. Since Frankel had two starters in the Hollywood Gold Cup, he elected to stay in Los Angeles and forego a trip to Monmouth Park where his charge, Senure, was the choice in the $500,000 United Nations Handicap.

While watching on television, Frankel saw Senure moved up from second to first because of interference from the horse that finished first, With Anticipation.

Then, in the Gold Cup, he watched as his two-horse entry finished second and third, only to feel his heart pounding when the “Objection” sign was illuminated. After a long deliberation, the steward disqualified the original first-place horse, Futural, and placed him behind Frankel’s Aptitude and Skimming.

That probably won’t happen again as long as Frankel trains horses.