Weekend at Laurel

August 22, 1998


A full field will parade postward as turf racing resumes at Laurel with the one-mile Damascus Handicap.

Several hard-hitting grass runners will meet in the $75,000-added event, including Business is Boomin, Missionary, Abacus Andy and Redcall, winner of the Damascus when it was staged at Pimlico.

Missionary, a newcomer to the turf scene, finished second in his debut on grass then went on to win consecutive stakes races at Ellis Park in Kentucky and Canterbury Downs in New Mexico.


When 22 fillies and mares passed the entry box, Laurel officials were forced to split the Summertime Promise Stakes into two divisions. Each half will carry a $35,000-added purse and will be contested at a mile on the grass. None of those entered have won a sweepstakes.

Forestmere may hold an edge in the first division off victories here and and Pimlico and a close-up finish recently at Belmont Park.

In the second division, trainer Gene Weymouth ships Forty Love in from Philadelphia Park for her second effort on the turf. Her first attempt over the infield resulted in a second-place finish in a minor stakes in Canada.

Pub Date: 8/22/98

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