LAUREL -- Saturday's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, a $300,000 Grade III handicap for 3-year-olds and up over 1 1/4 miles, has attracted some of the top sprinters in the nation.
The race, which will be the feature of a 12-race card, will be carried on ABC's Wide World of Sports and is scheduled for a 4:11 p.m. start at Laurel Race Course.
A field of 13 -- including three from California and two from Canada -- is expected to pass the entry box tomorrow.
Sunny Sunrise, who passed up the Suburban Handicap at Belmont to run here, is top-weighted with 123 Laurel notes
pounds. Key Spirit, a Canadian sprinter, who was a $15,000 supplemental entry yesterday, is next with 119 pounds.
Fabulous Champ, low weight with 107 pounds, and Dolly's Fortune, also 107 pounds and to be ridden by Kent Desormeaux, flew in yesterday from California.
Southern Justice (Alex Solis) and To Freedom (Art Madrid), both of whom will carry 117 pounds, arrived yesterday by van.
King Corrie (Ray Sabourin) worked a half-mile in 48.4 seconds at Woodbine in Toronto yesterday, and then left by van for Laurel where he is expected to arrive this morning.
"King Corrie really went well in the workout and the track was very muddy," said trainer Sherry Noakes. "He was off for eight months with a quarter crack, but he's doing well now and we're very happy with him."
Sunny Sunrise, who will be ridden by Mike Luzzi on Saturday, will work out at 8:30 a.m. today.
"I'd like to see him [Sunny Sunrise] go in 35 or 36," said trainer Bud Delp. "I'm real pleased to have Luzzi riding him. Mike fits him well and he's been working him. Mike's riding well right now and he's 2-for-2 on Sunny Sunrise."