LAUEL NOTES — LAUREL -- Sunny Sunrise, top-weighted for Saturday's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, a $300,000 Grade III handicap for 3-year-olds and up over six furlongs at Laurel Race Course, worked three furlongs in 35 seconds yesterday.
"He [Sunny Sunrise] looked real sharp," said trainer Bud Delp after the workout with jockey Mike Luzzi in the Laurel notes
saddle. "Mike does a great job with him. He fits him very well."
Parisian Flight flies
Louisiana-based Parisian Flight, a filly who will challenge the colts and geldings in Saturday's De Francis, made the trip from Shreveport, La., to Laurel yesterday, along with stablemate Erica's Dream, which will run in Sunday's $50,000 Davona Dale Handicap at Laurel.
The two fillies flew from Shreveport to JFK Airport in New York and went by van to Laurel yesterday afternoon. Parisian Flight, second in the 6 1/2 -furlong Folklore Handicap at Louisiana Downs on Sunday, is attempting to become the first filly to win the De Francis.
Trainer Bobby Barnett said he hopes the shorter distance of the LTC De Francis will be a help to his filly. "She ran well in the Folklore, but I think the distance here [at Laurel] should be to her advantage. I haven't selected a rider as yet, but I'm looking over a list of the leading jockeys at Laurel and hope to make a decision shortly."
King Corrie and Key Spirit, a pair of Canadian sprinters, arrived yesterday morning by van from Woodbine Race Course in Toronto. Both are considered top challengers to top-weighted (123 pounds) and likely favorite Sunny Sunrise in the DeFrancis.
Key Spirit is a $15,000 supplemental entry and is second high weight at 119 pounds.
Post position draw
The draw for post positions for the De Francis, which will be televised on "ABC's Wide World of Sports," will be held today at Laurel. A field of 13 was pre-entered, and it is expected that all will run in Saturday's race.