Pimlico weekend

April 10, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today: An Argentine-bred mare raced exclusively in New York will be the likely choice over four locally raced geldings in the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap.

Carta de Amor, riding a four-race winning streak at Aqueduct, will make a rare appearance away from the Big Apple while assuming the role of favorite in the 44th running.

Trained by Juan Serey and owned by John Rotella, Carta de Amor beat five male opponents in the Gray Lag Handicap while carrying 113 pounds over a muddy strip.

She'll be accompanied by regular rider Vladimir Diaz for the 1 3/16-mile event and pick up two pounds.

Waited, trained by Barbara Kees, will likely provide the 6-year-old mare with firm opposition. The 5-year-old son of Allen's Prospect will carry actual high weight of 117 pounds.

Tomorrow: Ten fillies and mares with designs on crashing the stakes ranks have passed the entry box for the $50,000 Gala Lil Stakes.

Crab Imperial, from the Nancy Lee Farms, and John Polek's Wingate are likely to draw the bulk of action for the mile and one-sixteenth event.

Crab Imperial, trained by Ferris Allen 3rd, won her last appearance under allowance conditions.

The daughter of Imperial Falcon finished third in a division of Laurel's Singing Beauty Stakes in January.

Trainer Katy Voss has entered Baset, a Broad Brush filly owned by Robert Manfuso. A recent winner at Aqueduct, Baset finished third in the other division of the Singing Beauty.

Wingate, 3-for-4 this year, and Here's Gold are the only other last-time winners in the field.

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