Turf course expected to be ready Tuesday Week of heavy rains made grass unusable

June 23, 1996|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Laurel Park is expected to resume racing on its turf course Tuesday when its live program includes two jumping events.

Racing has been off the grass since last Tuesday when the area began being inundated by heavy showers which dumped seven inches of rain on Laurel by Friday.

Yesterday's feature, the $50,000-added Very Subtle Breeders' HTC Cup was among the victims of the switches.

"There will be no grass racing [today] either," said vice president of racing Lenny Hale. "We'll try for Tuesday."

Hale added that the surface became unraceble after the rain hit a course that had been so hard "racing hardly made a nick in it. Then the rains came and just laid on top, making it very unusable."

Two races were originally carded on the infield course today, including the finale, which has superfecta betting. However, the feature, the $30,000-added Bold Queen Stakes, is on the main track.

In the Very Subtle, Up An Eighth rolled from last and nosed Dust Bucket for the victory.

Second in eight stakes races, the Robert Meyerhoff mare bided her time behind a fast pace and just beat Dust Bucket, the second choice in a field of six.

"We looked at the race a little and there was plenty of speed," said winning jockey Steve Hamilton. "We just let our horse run her race."

"This mare runs well at Laurel," said trainer Dick Small. "She's had a couple of disappointing races at Delaware and Aqueduct, but done well her."

The winning time was 1: 09 3/5 for six furlongs. Special Moves, the previously undefeated favorite, faded to fourth.

NOTES: A reminder that Maryland is offering odds shopping on the Grade 2, $300,000 Ohio Derby today. Bettors can compare prices from Churchill Downs, Monmouth Park and Louisiana Downs and pick the best deal on their horse. The race will appear in each of those tracks' programs. It will be the 12th race at Monmouth and the 11th at Churchill and Louisiana.

Pub Date: 6/23/96

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