Races added to weekend Sprintfest

February 14, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

LAUREL -- Yesterday's snowstorm not only caused officials at Laurel Race Course to cancel its card, but also brought about changes in the track's weekend format.

The programs for the Winter Sprintfest, which starts tomorrow ,, and continues through the President's Day holiday on Monday, have now been boosted by an extra race.

There are 13 races each day; post time is noon.

The revised lineup includes:

* Tomorrow: 12 live races, featuring the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, and the Whirlaway Breeders' Cup simulcast from Aqueduct.

* Sunday: 11 live races, a retirement ceremony for the celebrated geldings Fire Plug, Silano and Due North, plus two simulcasts -- the $100,000 Busher Handicap (Aqueduct) and the $50,000 Davona Dale Stakes (Gulfstream).

* Monday: 12 live races, headed by the $200,000 General George Stakes, as well as the $100,000 Stymie Handicap simulcast from Aqueduct.

Track operator Joe De Francis called off yesterday's program at 5:30 a.m.

"It was snowing buckets at 5 a.m. and the forecast suggested it would be an all-day type of thing," he said.

The track was closed for training and the snow was cleared off during the afternoon. Racing resumes today at 12:30 p.m. with a nine-race card.

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