Pyramid Peak heads field for Balto. Cup Da Hoss makes return in $200,000 Laurel run

July 03, 1996|By Tom Keyser HTC | Tom Keyser HTC,SUN STAFF

The $200,000-added Baltimore Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/8 -mile Grade III handicap Saturday for 3-year-olds and upward, highlights this week's featured races at Laurel Park.

The high weight at 122 pounds is Pyramid Peak, a 4-year-old colt who, after finishing 17th in last year's Kentucky Derby, ran second to Serena's Song in the Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park and second to Thunder Gulch in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

Trained by John T. Ward Jr., Pyramid Peak has earned $500,613 in 11 starts, winning five and finishing second three times.

The 4-year-old gelding Da Hoss, assigned 120 pounds, will be making his first start since November. He is the top money-maker in the six-horse field, earning $695,778 in 13 starts (seven wins, four seconds).

Other contenders are the front-running Canaveral (118 pounds), winner of Pimlico's William Donald Schaefer Handicap on the Preakness undercard; Personal Merit (113), second to Cigar in ,, the June 1 Massachusetts Handicap; the Katherine M. Voss-trained Rugged Bugger (111), and Coup D'Argent (108).

Other Laurel features this week -- simulcast only today, live holiday racing tomorrow -- are tomorrow's $100,000-added Fort McHenry Handicap, 1 1/4 miles on turf; Friday's $60,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes, 1 1/8 miles on turf for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies; and Sunday's $75,000-added Skipat Stakes, 6 1/2 furlongs for fillies and mares.

NOTE: Arlington International Racecourse near Chicago has ,X invited 15 horses to run against Cigar when he seeks his 16th straight win July 13 in the $750,000 Arlington Citation Challenge.

Of the 15, connections of Dramatic Gold, Eltish, Polar Expedition and Tenants Harbor have expressed interest. Others invited are Itron, Come On Flip, Classic Fit, Auggie My Dad, Unusual Heat, Coup D'Argent, Tooslew To Be True, Dr. Banting, Exclusive Garth, Wild Syn and Jambalaya Jazz.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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