Laurel weekend

February 27, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today: Two runners who captured stakes events in their last outings meet in the $60,000-added St. Brendan Stakes. The third running of the 1 1/8-mile event has drawn nine contestants.

Waited, the star of trainer Barbara Kees' stable, completely outclassed five rivals in winning the Native Dancer Handicap in the mud. The son of Allen's Prospect won the $75,000 affair by 7 3/4 lengths after leading from start to finish.

His main opposition is likely to come from Fred Bear Claw, a 5-year-old owned by trainer Archie Smith. The son of Salutely came from just off the pace to capture the H. E. Johnson Memorial Handicap. Both runners are Maryland breds.

Tomorrow: Only a half-dozen runners are scheduled to line up before starter Danny Fitchett for the 15th Dancing Count Stakes. Mr. Katowice is expected to be installed the post-time favorite off a near miss in the Horatius Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Katowice missed by only a quarter length as the 2-to-5 choice after getting a call briefly in the stretch. He will again be ridden by Edgar Prado, the leader among Maryland jockeys. Pub Date: 2/27/99

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