LAUREL -- Queena and Double Bunctious will share the top-weight assignment tomorrow, when 12 fillies and mares meet at Laurel Race Course in the $100,000 Straight Deal Handicap.
Each will carry 116 pounds.
The Straight Deal, at seven furlongs, will headline a 10-race Thanksgiving Day card that is scheduled to run between 10:30 a.m. and 2:52 p.m.
To compete with family dinners and televised football games, Laurel management will give customers apple cider, doughnuts and coffee as they enter the grounds.
The first 7,000 paying customers will receive pies, either pumpkin or mincemeat, as they leave.
Queena is based in New York, where she won the Grade II First Flight Handicap at seven furlongs for trainer Shug McGaughey.
Double Bunctious, based at Bowie, won her latest start here, an overnight handicap event Oct. 21 at 1 1/16th miles. She's owned Danny Westland and trained by Phil Capuano.
Mike Smith, riding hero of New York racing this season, invades with Queena. Donnie Miller was named to ride Double Bunctious, essentially replacing the injured Edgar Prado.
Prado rode Westland's mare six consecutive times before J.E. Bruin handled her in Keeneland, Ky., where she ran most recently in the Spinster Stakes. Kent Desormeaux rode her to victory in the overnight handicap.
Slated to carry 115 pounds and ranked third in the Straight Deal weights is McKilts, who won the Anne Arundel Handicap here at 1 1/8 miles.
* Tigors, claimed in his latest start for $35,000 by the One & Won Stable, earned $11,400 in his first start for the new owners yesterday. The gray colt won the feature race, under allowance conditions, at Laurel with a rally that carried him to a three-quarter-length decision over Sleepytown.
With Mark Johnston aboard, Tigors rallied from seventh in winning for King Leatherbury, his new trainer. Tigors paid $3.40 as favorite.