Night Fax top-weighted in handicap Nine-horse field drawn to $75,000-added race

January 27, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Night Fax, a winner over a sloppy track in her most recent start, will carry top weight of 122 pounds today in the fifth running of the $75,000-added Maryland Racing Writers' Handicap at Laurel Park.

Cormorant's Flight, another stakes victor last time out, also is in the field of nine for what shapes up as a wide-open race over 1 1/8 miles.

Night Fax hasn't run since taking the Nobiliary Stakes on Nov. 7 at Laurel and was most known last year for winning the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap.

Off her most recent form, a horse to watch is New York-based Nappelon, who is trained by Rene Araya, a former jockey agent and assistant trainer in Maryland.

The race is named for the Maryland Racing Writers' Association, which has included most of the reporters who have covered racing in the state for more than 60 years.

Meanwhile, Serena's Song, coming off a three-month rest, will return to action today in the 39th running of the Grade 1, $150,000 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita.

In her last race, she finished a disappointing fifth over a muddy surface in the Breeders' Cup Distaff after finishing first or second every other race she tried last year except the Kentucky Derby (16th).

The 3-year-old filly champion of 1995, Serena's Song will go against an unbeaten horse in Exotic Wood, who has won five starts by an average of more than four lengths.

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