Seven Cup races, eight live events on Laurel's card

November 05, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Maryland bettors are reminded that Laurel Park is offering a revised Breeders' Cup day schedule today, with the local card starting at 11 a.m.

The package will include eight live races -- the feature of which will be the 41st running of the Grade III, $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup -- and the seven Breeders' Cup events via simulcast from Churchill Downs.

Laurel's feature is scheduled for a 12:52 post as the fifth race, 28 minutes before the Sprint inaugurates the Breeders' Cup card.

Live racing will be interspersed with three Churchill races at 15- to 20- minute intervals before Laurel's final event goes off at 2:47 p.m.

Warning Glance, trained by Charlie Hadry, is seeking his third straight victory and heads the field in the Turf Cup, a 1 1/2 -mile test over the grass.

His chief competition is expected to come from graded-stakes winner Binary Light, who has earned $427,424, the New York-based Spectacular Tide and Dinner In Rio.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with the weekly racing seminar by handicapper Clem Florio and Laurel media relations director Craig Sculos, who teamed to pick five of seven winners on the Breeders' Cup card last year.

Timonium plans go slowly

Timonium general manager Howard "Max" Mosner said plans to convert the York Road track to an off-track betting center are proceeding slowly.

"Joe [De Francis, Maryland Jockey Club president] is very interested, but so far all our talks have been very preliminary types," said Mosner. "I would estimate that even if everything goes perfectly, it will be a year before we get that going."

Mosner does not expect the 10-day state fair meeting to be adversely affected by the switch of Maryland's main-track racing to Virginia in the summer months.

"We'll be the only live racing in the Maryland during the summer," he said. "And Joe's plans are for us to trade signals with Virginia through inter-track wagering.

"After we generated over a $1 million for purses through simulcasting this year, I'm ready to believe we can do $2 million with Virginia coming in with us. It's a new era."

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