LAUREL -- Sticks And Bricks, a 12-1 long shot, rushed along the rail in the final furlong yesterday to win the featured Laplander Purse at Laurel Race Course.
Tsunami Spangler, with Rick Wilson aboard, broke on top out of the gate in the six-furlong sprint on the turf with 6-5 favorite Woodsy, ridden by Edgar Prado, stalking him on the outside. Woodsy took the lead at the top stretch, but Stick And Bricks, with jockey Andrea Seefeldt using the whip, rallied along the rail to win the $23,000 race.
Sticks And Bricks, winning his second race in six starts this year, beat rallying Regal Sabre by a neck. Just George finished third.
The winning 3-year-old colt, which returned $27.40 and keyed a $243.80 exacta, is by Broad Brush out of the Cox's Ridge mare Reflection Knoll and is trained by Richard Small and owned by Robert E. Meyerhoff.
Hamilton rides three winners
Jockey Steve Hamilton rode three winners yesterday at Laurel, scoring in the first race on Solo Jim's Memory ($8.60), in the third on Mip of Spring ($10.60) and in the sixth on Saint Appeal ($7).
William T. Moorfield scored a double, winning the fourth race on Loaded For Bear ($9.40) and the fifth on Lucille Lisa ($15).
Steeplechase races return to Laurel today
A pair of steeplechase races, the first since 1961 at Laurel, will be feature of tomorrow's 13-race card.
In addition to the two jumping events, 10 regular races and one simulcast, the $25,000-added Michigan Mile at 1 1/8 miles from Detroit Race Course, will be on display.
The hurdle races, sanctioned by the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association, will be run at about 2 1/4 miles over National Fences, which are plastic and 4 feet, 4 inches high.
One steeplechase will be a $10,000 allowance race and the other a $19,000 handicap. They will be the fourth and sixth races on the card.
The flat feature race tomorrow will be the $75,000 Humphrey S. Finney Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland-breds and will be at 1 1/16 miles on the turf course.