Weekend at Laurel

July 03, 1999|By Bob Pickering


A pair of added-money events on the grass course are on tap this weekend at Laurel Park.

Smart Guy heads the field for the Humphrey S. Finney Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile event worth $60,000 for 3-year-old registered Maryland-breds.

Smart Guy, trained by Tim Ritchey for the Good Fellas Stables, is coming off a place finish in Delaware Park's Leonard Richards Stakes. The Smarten colt is 1-for-2 over the infield, his lone score coming at the Stanton, Del., plant.

Smart Guy's chief opposition will likely come from Pettit's Quest, runner-up in the Woodlawn Stakes, but unplaced in two outings since. Big Brush, Show King and Minister of Decorm come into the Finney after wins.


Cynics Beware, upset winner of the Find Handicap, is in the lineup for the Fort McHenry Handicap. The 6-year-old is among a dozen older colts and geldings that must travel 1 1/4 miles for a $100,000 purse.

Lord Zada, winner of Philadelphia Park's recent Bensalem Stakes, and A Little Luck, winner of the Laurel Turf Cup last autumn, are also entered in the wide-open affair.

A strong show also is expected of Grapeshot, high weight at 115.

The Ann Merryman-trained Kentucky-bred, educated over the turf courses of England, is unbeaten in two U.S. outings.

Pub Date: 7/03/99

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