Laurel weekend

June 26, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today: Nimble will face only four sprinters as he goes for his eighth victory of the year in the $50,000 E. William Furey Memorial Stakes. The seven-furlong event will be contested over the main track.

The 7-year-old son of Afleet, who has been dabbling in the allowance and high-priced claiming ranks, puts a four-race winning streak on the line in search of a rare stakes victory.

Just Call Me Carl, runner-up in the recent Chesapeake Stakes, is also in the lineup. The 4-year-old colt has been postward four times this year, winning an optional claiming test locally and an allowance event at Pimlico.

Tomorrow: Fillies and mares take to the turf in the $75,000 All Brandy Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for registered Maryland-breds.

Indian Head Penny, winner of Delaware Park's Rosenna Stakes in May, heads the field. The consistent daughter of Waquoit, trained by Hamilton Smith, will be ridden by Ricky Frazier.

Absolutely Queenie, the upsetter in this event last year, is also among the dozen contestants. The 6-year-old mare, trained by Bessie Gruwell, went wire-to-wire while posting a 19-to-1 payoff.

Pub Date: 6/26/99

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