Laurel weekend

July 10, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today

Tega Farm's Smashing Review is the highweight and likely favorite for the Marlboro Handicap, a $50,000 affair for fillies and mares. The mile and one-eighth event attracted a half-dozen entrants for the 13th running.

Smashing Review won Delaware Park's Nastique Stakes in May before finishing last on the turf in Pimlico's All Along Stakes. Most of those entered have either won or placed in minor added-money events.

Hot Salsa, coming off a victory in her finale at Pimlico, should provide the Tom Greene-trained mare with a solid challenge. The daughter of Thirty Eight Paces is a stakes winner and sports a strong local record. Adriatic Queen, Stop That Broad, Gold Court and Inside Affair complete the lineup.

Tomorrow

Escaping, unbeaten in four starts at Delaware Park this year, meets seven other distaffers in the $40,000 Cumberland Stakes. The filly-mare event is set for 7 furlongs over the main track.

Escaping's streak began at the $20,000 claiming level in April. The daughter of In the Slammer then reeled off three straight victories against allowance company. Her chief opposition could be provided by either Nothing Special or Air Miss, the only other two members of the field coming into the Cumberland to win their previous starts. Both scores were registered under allowance conditions.

Also entered are Denim Blue, Forget Me Dot, Chancy Lady, Crab Imperial and Affirmed Toor.

Pub Date: 7/10/99

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