2 records set in Laurel opener

June 15, 1994|By Kent Baker

Two records were toppled on a lightning-fast turf course yesterday on the opening day of the summer meet at Laurel Race Course, but the trend didn't extend to the $35,000 Bold Queen Stakes.

Favored Promiseville closed strongly to win the 1 1/6-mile feature on the grass in 1 minute, 42 1/5 seconds, almost three seconds off the course record.

Earlier on the card, jockey Joe Rocco steered Oops I Am over 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf in 1:02 1/5, a second quicker than the previous record set by Roger Jon almost to the day.

In the seventh race, Baltimore Dancer went wire to wire under Victor Molina to set a grass mark of 1:54 over 1 3/16 miles.

An opening-day crowd of 8,460 at all outlets produced an in-state handle of $2,170,394 in the first meeting in which true comparisons can be made since expanded simulcasting and off-track betting began.

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