Laurel weekend

January 23, 1999|By BOBBY PICKERING

Today

Silent Valay, winner of the Heavenly Cause Stakes here earlier in the meeting, takes on eight other Maryland-bred fillies in the Jameela Stakes. The six-furlong event, which carries a $60,000 purse, has lured several stakes-placed 3-year-olds as well as a pair of home-breds which won their debuts impressively. Potomac Bend, from the stable of Vincent Blengs, won her debut by seven lengths after breaking from the No. 1 post. Mark Johnston, aboard in the victory labeled "handily" by the official trackman, will ride the daughter of Polish Numbers again. Luigi Gino-trained Londonderry's debut was equally thrilling. The daughter of Perfecting broke from an outside post position and came from off the pace to eke out a nose verdict. Quick'N Smart and Oh Gratious come into this race sporting back-to-back victories. Mysterious Jak, Saratoga Friends, Hot Cross Buns and Timely Irony round out the field.

Tomorrow

Fillies also seize the spotlight in the Belair Stakes, a $40,000 affair over a distance of ground. Although several have come close, none of those entered has ever won an added-money event. Nine have passed the entry box, including Po, Sandi Kleeman's Florida-bred which has been the runner-up twice locally, including the Kattegat's Pride Stakes. She was cast in the role of a long shot that afternoon. In today's event, she will be one of the choices. Rush Forever and Super Skirt, invaders from Philadelphia Park, sport last-time victories. Skipping Around is the only other filly in the field with a triumph in her most recent start. Wild Irish Rose, which gets Lasix for the first time, Willow Place, Su Alteza, Sea Witch and Corri Lea round out the field.

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