Three Grade 3 stakes are on tap at Laurel this weekend, each worth $100,000.
An early post time of 11: 15 will be in effect today to coincide with the Breeders' Cup Series simulcast from Gulfstream Park. Nine 2-year-old colts will contest the 77th running of the Laurel Futurity at 1 1/8 miles over the main track. The Futurity will be the eighth race.
Unbeaten Albert Says, trained by Grover Delp for the father-son team of Harry and Tom Meyerhoff, heads the field. The Kentucky-bred son of Personal Hope, who has never been around two turns, won a pair of sprints at Delaware Park in front-running fashion. Scottish Halo is the lone stakes winner in the classy field.
The Safely Kept Stakes, which will go as the 10th race, is set for its 14th running. The 6-furlong affair for 3-year-old fillies has also drawn a field of nine. Superduper Miss, Escaping and Dreamy Maiden, all winners of added-money events in their last starts, will draw the bulk of the action from the weekend gathering.
Superduper Miss, under the care of trainer Paul Rizzo, shipped into Laurel on opening day to win the Stormy Blues Breeders' Cup Stakes. Escaping won Delaware Park's Sweet'n Sassy while Dreamy Maiden captured Keeneland's Raven Run. Others entered are Lagaylia, Lily's Affair, Carleaville, Godmother, Slide Along and Rills.
The history-rich Selima Stakes, set for its 74th running, has attracted a half-dozen 2-year-old fillies, only two of whom lack an added-money victory.
Jostle, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Brocco, is the likely choice. The Philadelphia Park-based runner, trained by John Servis, won Delaware Park's Polly Drummond Stakes at her first attempt over a mile. Dawn Princess' initial stakes score was recorded over the infield at Colonial Downs in the Tippet, while Case of the Blues owns a victory in Laurel's Toddler last August.