LAUREL -- Racing shifts to Prince George's County today for the first of two consecutive Wednesday programs at Marlboro Race Track.
The feature race is the ninth, a $15,000 allowance for 2-year-olds, but the most exciting event could be the seventh, which will match two of the most successful claiming-type horses in the East this year.
Jilsie's Gigalo faces Bolting Holme in a starter allowance race at about 6 1/2 furlongs. Jilsie's Gigalo has won 11 of 16 starts this year, and Bolting Holme 10 of 17.
Jimmy Woods, who trains Bolting Holme, said several weeks ago he relished an opportunity to run his horse against Jilsie's Gigalo, who finished ahead of Bolting Holme in their only meeting and has been the focus of considerable attention.
"I'd love it," Woods said.
Marlboro closed in 1972, then reopened in 1988 for one autumn program. Last year, the Upper Marlboro track was host to two programs, then requested a virtually identical schedule for this year.
Post time is noon. The track can be reached from Baltimore via Route 3 south to Route 301 south, or from the Washington Beltway via Route 4 east.
* Trainer Carlos Garcia denied a report in the New York Post that said Valay Maid has been declared (scratched) from the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
"She worked [five furlongs] in 1 minute [at Laurel Race Course] and is doing very good," Garcia said. "She deserves a chance to prove herself against the best. She'll run."
Valay Maid is the only Maryland-based representative in the Breeders' Cup races.
* Rain left the Laurel surface very sloppy yesterday, causing 21 scratches on the 10-race program.
The featured ninth race, scheduled for the turf, was reduced from seven to three horses when it was switched to the main track. El Santiaguero won, paying $4.60. There was no place or show wagering.
* Post times at Laurel will change beginning this weekend. Saturday's 15-race program, which will end with the seven-race Breeders' Cup simulcast, starts at 10:30 a.m. First post Sunday is noon, which will be the post for all weekend programs. The weekday post will be moved up a half-hour, to 12:30 p.m.
* Trainer King Leatherbury was granted a stay of a 15-day suspension Sunday by the Maryland Racing Commission.
* A $1 million prize will be awarded by Early Times to the owner of any horse that captures three spring turf races sponsored by the distillery.
A three-year contract for the bonus has been signed by the tracks who are host to the Triple Turf Classic (Churchill Downs), Dixie Handicap (Pimlico Race Course) and Manhattan Handicap (Belmont Park).