Laurel weekend

August 14, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today

William M. Backer's Crab Grass will face only four other distaffers in the Straight Deal Breeders' Cup Stakes when she goes after her third stakes victory of the year. The 12th running of the filly-mare event will be over 7 furlongs for a $125,000 purse.

Trained by Barclay Tagg, Crab Grass won the Skipat Stakes at Pimlico in her seasonal debut before shipping to West Virginia for the Shenandoah Valley Handicap. She was the 7-to-10 favorite in winning the Charles Town event by 5 1/2 lengths. The daughter of Known Fact's latest and maybe strongest outing was a third in Monmouth Park's Regret Stakes. The rest of the field includes Nothing Special, Valay Bullet, Delta Music and Belle de Soleil.

Tomorrow

Registered Maryland-breds take the spotlight in the 21st Twixt Stakes. The $100,000 event, for 3-year-old fillies, will be contested at a 1 1/8 miles.

Silent Valay is the likely choice.

With the exception of the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes, the Hal Claggett-color bearer has won two stakes and been on the board in seven of eight outings this year. Her latest outing earned a show finish in her initial outing on grass, The Pearl Necklace Stakes.

Magic Broad, part of a Robert Meyerhoff entry with La Reinette, returns home after shipping to Thistledown, where she captured the Cleveland Oaks. Carnival Court, Perfect Challenge, Jana and Amourette complete the field.

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