Laurel weekend

November 20, 1999|By Bob Pickering

Today: A well-balanced group of sprinters has been assembled for the third running of the Lite the Fuse Stakes.

The $75,000 event will be conducted over six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up.

Perfect Score, considered a Triple Crown hopeful after winning Aqueduct's Grade III Bay Shore Stakes last spring, is among the field of eight.

The favorite's role, however, could fall to Flaming Bridle, one of two last-time winners in the event.

The John Servis-trained colt, based at Philadelphia Park, beat optional claimers in his last appearance by leading from flag fall to finish.

Cat Be Nimble was also victorious in his last effort, his first start of the year. Also a wire-to-wire effort, it was accomplished over the local surface.

Tomorrow: 2-year-old registered Maryland-breds get a chance to crash the stakes ranks in the 14th running of the Rollicking Stakes. The seven-furlong dash will be staged over the main strip for a $60,000 purse.

ABC Mmm Good, owned by trainer Angel Gonzalez, is the only member of the group to win three races and is by far the top money-earner in the event.

The son of Halissee is coming off an off-pace score at Charles Town under allowance conditions. The only poor effort of his career came in Delaware Park's First State Stakes in which he was asked to go a route.

Also entered is Top Punch, which didn't make his debut until September. The son of Two Punch beat maidens in his second outing at today's distance.

Others in the field are Baron Dekalb, Pickupspeed and Twenty Bucks.

Three maidens also have been entered -- Lovesmelovesmenot, Woodbury and Sunshine Scott.

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