Laurel weekend

July 31, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today

A lightly raced daughter of Polish Numbers is the likely choice in the 18th running of the Pearl Necklace Stakes.

The $60,000 event, for 3-year-old registered Maryland-bred fillies, will be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the grass course.

Polish Polka has had only two starts, both over the turf course at Canada's Woodbine Racecourse. After winning her debut, the Stronach Stable horse took on allowance company but was overtaken at the wire after being on the lead throughout.

Her chief opposition is likely to come from either Jazz, owned by William Backer, or Hal Claggett's Silent Valay.

Jazz's last appearance in the winner's circle came early in the spring at Pimlico Race Course. In three subsequent outings, the daughter of Silent American has not equaled that feat.

Silent Valay is making her first appearance over the infield, having won Pimlico's Caesars Wish and Delaware Park's Peach Blossom Stakes. Perfect Challenge, Amourette, Jana and Complete Number round out the field.

SummerFest

Laurel Park's fifth annual SummerFest, a family and community festival, will take place from 11: 30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. today at the racetrack on Route 198 in Laurel.

In addition to the regular complement of horse races, festivities include Jack Russell terrier races, horse-drawn carriages, 4-H equestrian drill team, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival games, puppets and magic shows, face painting, health fair, community vendors, jousting demonstration and jockey autograph sessions.

Grandstand admission for adults is $3. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Tomorrow

Case of the Blues heads a field of eight 2-year-old fillies set to match strides in the second running of the Toddler Stakes.

The 5 1/2-furlong sprint carries a purse of $40,000.

It is a wide-open betting affair.

After breaking her maiden at Delaware Park, Case of the Blues made two starts at Belmont Park, where she finished fourth in the Astoria and Fashion Stakes.

The field also includes four runners who won their racing debuts. Serla, Te Papa Crystal and Summertime Gold took five-furlong dashes at Laurel; Piccolinos Star captured a three-furlong dash at Hialeah.

Also entered are Chez Allie, Meghan's Joy and a first-time starter, Dawn Princess.

Pub Date: 7/31/99

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