Laurel weekend

July 24, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today Two stakes-winning sons of the sire Hermitage are in the lineup for the second running of the Awad Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile test on the grass for 3-year-olds.

Gloria Stable's Special Dancer upset maidens on the turf at Penn National before being shipped to Philadelphia Park, where he shocked seven foes in the Liberty Bell Stakes. The colt is unbeaten in two infield tries.

Holditholditholdit also found himself as a spoiler when he won his first grass event. He was 25-1 when heading seven other starters in Pimlico's Woodlawn Stakes. In three outings since, the Jeffrey Carle-trained runner hasn't scored.

Sharp Face, a Eugene Dixon Jr. color-bearer trained by John R. S. Fisher, is likely to draw substantial backing.

After failing against maidens on the main track in his only start last year, Sharp Face was switched to turf this season and has won three of four races.


A half-dozen 2-year-olds will attempt to win their first added-money event in the Primer Stakes. The second running of the 5 1/2-furlong affair is worth $40,000.

King Kokand, one of two Hamilton Smith-trained runners in the sprint, is the likely favorite. The son of Kokand broke his maiden against claimers at Delaware Park, then earned a show finish in the Tremont Stakes, a Grade III event at Belmont Park. Smith will also saddle Skedattle II Stable's Shameless for the Primer. --

Pub Date: 7/24/99

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