After a brief respite allowing horses to careen around the daring turns of Timonium for 10 days, racing resumes today at Pimlico. Post time is 1: 10 p.m.
The four-week meet features a quartet of $100,000 stakes races, including tomorrow's Safely Kept Stakes, a Grade III six-furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies. The others are for horses 3 and older: the Damascus Handicap on Sept. 14, a one-mile turf race; the Polynesian Stakes on Sept. 21, a Grade III 1 1/16-mile race and the Bald Eagle Breeders' Cup on Sept. 28, a 1 3/8 -mile turf marathon.
The feature race today is the ninth, the $50,000 Derby's Turn, a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies. None of the 10 entrants has raced more than three times, but three enter the race unbeaten: Cashel Lassie, Gala Goldie's Best and Silver Prize.
During the meet, Pimlico will close Mondays and offer simulcasts only on Thursdays.
After Pimlico shuts down Oct. 6, Laurel Park will open Oct. 8. Its highlight comes Oct. 12, when the spotlight shines on Maryland's breeding industry.
The 11th annual Maryland Million Day features 11 races with purses totaling $1 million for horses sired by Maryland stallions. Seven races offer purses of $100,000 and one, the Maryland Million Classic, dangles a purse of $200,000.
The Classic winners this decade were Timely Warning in 1990 and 1991, Reputed Testamony in 1992, Forry Cow How in 1993, Taking Risks in 1994 and Brilliant Patriot in 1995. The popular Little Bold John won the second running in 1987.
Pub Date: 9/06/96