Jumpers to race at Laurel next week

June 15, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Steeplechase racing returns to a major Maryland venue Tuesday when Laurel Park stages a jumping event on its regular card as the first race.

It will be the first of two days featuring jumpers at Laurel. The steeplechase set will also be on the card Wednesday, competing in the first and second races.

"Every year at the end of Pimlico or the start here we like to have jumping races," said John Mooney, chief operations officer at the mile tracks. "They run on the outside of the turf course and it doesn't bother it."

Live racing resumed yesterday at Laurel, beginning a 29-card stand through July 21.

During this meeting, Mondays will be dark and Thursdays will be simulcast-only days except for July 4, when live racing will be held, and the simulcast-only day will be on Wednesday.

The stakes offering begins today with a field of six in the $50,000-added Walter Haight Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.

Richie The Coach is high-weighted at 122 pounds for the 1 1/8 -mile race on the main track.

The richest race of the meeting will be Saturday, July 20 -- the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Dash.

Cigar rumors

Nothing official has been announced, but Cigar is likely to make his next start in a proposed $1 million race at Arlington International near Chicago.

Provided Cigar has fully recovered from his injury, the race is likely to be held July 13 or 14, according to the Daily Racing Form.

It already has been determined that the 1995 Horse of the Year will not run in the Hollywood Gold Cup on June 30.

Healthy again

Twice As Special was scratched during the post parade before his last scheduled start at Pimlico, presumably for medical reasons.

But yesterday the gelding owned by a 14-partner group showed he is very healthy.

Twice As Special stormed to a front-running, two-length victory over One T. in the opening-day feature, an allowance race for older horses.

Ridden by Francisco Maysonett, Twice As Special completed six furlongs in 1: 10.

Miscellaneous

The 26th annual Eclipse Awards dinner will be held Feb. 4 in Miami by the Thoroughbred Racing Association. . . . Local trainer Charlie Hadry will saddle Warning Glance in tomorrow's $200,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap at Rockingham.

Pub Date: 6/15/96

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