Rain forces Laurel shift from turf to main track Triple wagering is scratched

November 02, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Steady weekend rains forced the removal of four distance races from the Laurel turf course, and track management is playing by ear the scheduling of future races on the grass.

"It's just something you have to play day by day," said Tim Capps, vice president for racing. "We're not trying to shut the course down, but how much you can run on turf is determined by the weather."

With steady rain and drizzle scheduled in the immediate forecast, the prospect is for more of the same -- races shifted to the main course -- because conditions at this time of year are not conducive to quick recovery.

"In late October and November, you are totally at the mercy of the weather," Capps said. "It is a problem because a prolonged period of drizzle makes it soft, and it doesn't dry quickly.

"You have no shot getting it ready because there is no sun and not enough breeze."

The weather could affect two major stakes races that are scheduled for the grass, the $100,000 Grade III Laurel Turf Cup on Saturday and the $100,000 Chrysanthemum Handicap on Sunday.

Because of the move to the main track yesterday, four horses were scratched from the fourth race, leaving a four-horse field, and seven were scratched in the seventh, leaving five horses to run and triple wagering canceled.

"We'll run on it as late as we can [in the meeting]," said Capps, referring to the turf. "It's just a roulette game."

Snow's Dynasty wins

Snow's Dynasty beat Letumcelebrate to the wire and won yesterday's $18,000 allowance feature by a head under jockey Mario Pino.

In what developed into a two-horse race, Snow's Dynasty scored for the second straight time in a sprint. The 5-year-old bred at Glade Valley Farms near Frederick won the Maryland Million Handicap at seven furlongs Oct. 17.


One unidentified patron picked the 8-5-12 long-shot combination in the fifth race to take home $42,246.90 as the winner of the double triple. But no one in Maryland won in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Pic-7. . . Mike Luzzi returned from a third-place finish aboard Timely Warning in New York Saturday to ride two winners, including Perkin's Star ($13.60), in the second half of the double triple. Luzzi moved up to fourth in the jockey standings.

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