Pescagani, Majesty's Turn head 8-horse field for Chieftain -- 'cap at Laurel

June 18, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Pescagani, coming off a victory in the Riggs Handicap, and Majesty's Turn, winner of two straight on dirt, head an eight-horse field in today's Laurel feature, the $55,600 Chieftain Handicap.

The ninth running of the Chieftain is at 1 1/16 miles on the grass course.

NTC Pescagani, trained by Barclay Tagg, is highweight at 117 pounds and has won two of his past four on turf. Majesty's Turn has taken a sprint and a distance event during his modest winning streak and has earned the most money ($307,562) in the field.

Another contender figures to be Marry Me Do, victor in two straight races at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The 12-race card also includes two steeplechase events at 2 1/8 miles.

NOTES: Trainer Billy Mott, who had Amathos in the Belmont Stakes and leads the nation in purse winnings, will be the judge at the Maryland Horse Breeders Association's annual thoroughbred yearling show June 26 at the Timonium Fair Grounds. Judging will begin at 10 a.m. . . . Maryland Jockey Club president Joe De Francis was honored this week as the Advertising and Professional Club of Baltimore's Man of the Year. Under De Francis' supervision, the 1994 Preakness was the most successful day in the 250-year history of the Jockey Club. . . . Nominations will close today for the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Dash, the centerpiece of Laurel's summer meet on July 26. The closing date was extended. . . . The infield flagpole at Laurel, struck down by lightning during a vicious storm Thursday, was back in place, but two turf races were switched to dirt because the grass course was saturated by the rain.

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