Field of 14 set at Laurel for tomorrow's Fritchie

February 16, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

A full field of 14 fillies and mares has been entered for tomorrow's Grade II, $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park, including two horses who will run as a field entry and four stakes winners from other venues.

Among the nationally known trainers involved are Eclipse Award winner Bill Mott (Cigar), Neil Howard and Bill Shoemaker.

One member of the field, Dancing Lassy, finished second to Cormorant's Flight, one of the probable Fritchie favorites, in the Maryland Racing Writers' Handicap three weeks ago.

Cormorant's Flight, winner of two straight stakes here, has drawn the No. 8 post, two inside of Mott's Traverse City, a Grade 3 winner last time out at Aqueduct and an in-the-money finisher in 27 of 28 starts.

Shoemaker is shipping in Evil's Pic from California and Howard's entry will be Clever Act, who will start on the outside.

The race has become more wide-open without Florida-based Chaposa Springs, who won't run after drawing top weight of 123 pounds.

The high weight will be carried by Morris Code (119 pounds), who drew the rail.

* Jockey Larry Reynolds has been fined $1,000 after misjudging the second finish line while aboard Life's Dance in Monday's third race.

It is the second such penalty assessed after a 7 1/2 -furlong race which uses a finish in front of the Laurel Park clubhouse.

Mark Johnston was fined an identical amount earlier.

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