Meadow Monster heads north for General George Stakes

LAUREL NOTEBOOK

February 12, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The General George Stakes has landed a monster.

He is Meadow Monster, an impressive winner of two big sprints at Gulfstream Park who has been supplemented to Laurel Park's Grade II, $200,000 event next Monday.

Trainer Ben Perkins supplemented the horse for a $3,000 fee, 10 times the amount paid by the original 37 nominations.

Rick Wilson will ride Meadow Monster, who will share top weight of 120 pounds for the seven-furlong race that culminates Laurel's SprintFest, the centerpiece of the winter meeting.

The $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap -- for older fillies and mares -- launches the 'Fest on Saturday.

Meadow Monster won the $50,000 Hallandale Handicap by seven lengths over a muddy Gulfstream track, then captured the $50,000 Olympic Handicap by 5 1/2 lengths.

Although trainers are withholding final decisions about running until they assess the weights, the General George is expected to draw a field of about 10.

Foxie G, trained by Dale Capuano, figures as the strongest local entry after capturing three successive stakes races. He also drew 120 pounds.

Florida-based Chaposa is top-weighted at 123 pounds for the Barbara Fritchie, which had 27 nominees.

Chaposa is a recent two-time winner in Florida, taking the Virginia Handicap at Calder and the First Lady Handicap at Gulfstream.

Count On Numbers prevails

Count On Numbers came back with a vengeance yesterday in the $47,125 Horatius Stakes.

Sent off at 6-to-1 odds after a recent slump, Herman Kossow's gelding went coast to coast over 7 1/2 furlongs and defeated several of the recent rivals who had been passing him.

Count On Numbers thus earned some rest after an active fall and winter in which he became Maryland's top 3-year-old, then lost some luster.

"I'm going to send him to the farm tomorrow for a vacation. He deserves it," said trainer Carlos Garcia.

Hustled into an easy lead by jockey Omar Klinger (four winners yesterday), Count On Numbers staved off a grueling rally by favored Viv to prevail by a length in 1 minute, 30 3/5 seconds.

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