FORT WASHINGTON -- The second leg of pacing's Triple Crown is set for tomorrow night at Rosecroft Raceway. Eleven 3-year-olds, including Artsplace, Die Laughing and Silky Stallone, are entered in the $475,000 Messenger Stakes.
Silky Stallone won the Cane Pace at Yonkers, the first leg of the pacing Triple Crown, but Artsplace and Die Laughing figure to draw heavier betting support.
Artsplace, to be driven by John Campbell, has been made the 2-1 morning-line favorite by oddsmaker Robin Burns. The colt was the 2-year-old champion in 1990 and has won 10 of 13 starts this year. Die Laughing, 14-for-22 lifetime, warmed up for the Messenger with a victory at Rosecroft last weekend in 1 minute, 53 1/5 seconds.
The Little Brown Jug, on Sept. 19 in Delaware, Ohio, is the final leg of the pacing Triple Crown.
The Messenger is the ninth of 12 races. Also scheduled are two divisions of the Kentucky Standardbred Sales Company Pace for 2-year-old fillies, with each half worth $133,900.