Pimlico weekend

May 02, 1998

Today

Mister Business, winner of the Miracle Wood Stakes over Laurel's main track, makes his debut on the turf course in the 33rd running of the $75,000 Woodlawn Stakes.

Pimlico has scheduled an early opener for its first race -- gates open at 10: 15 a.m. -- so patrons can catch the 2,000 Guineas from Newmarket, England. They can stay to watch the Kentucky Derby simulcast and the Woodlawn live. Post time for the first race is 12: 30 p.m.

Past winners of the Woodlawn have used it as a stepping stone to the Preakness. Bee Bee Bee, which won the 1 1/16-mile affair in 1972, went on to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

Silver Fax, Poolman, East of Easy, Opening Work, Silver Prospect and Mister Business are all Triple Crown nominees.

East of Easy won the $100,000 Mercke stakes over Calder's grass course last winter but has been struggling since.

Tomorrow

The Gala Lil Stakes, an overnight event for non-winners of a sweepstakes, attracted only six distaffers to compete for $35,000 in purse money. It is a wide-open betting event.

Nutuhkea, the only last-time winner in the field, will draw gamblers' attention but she is unlikely to be the choice.

Those honors will to go Gladys J, a winner of three allowance races this year and runner-up in Laurel's Notch Traces Stakes.

Pub Date: 5/02/98

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