Laurel weekend

January 08, 2000

Today

Two former class runners, neither of which has visited the winner's circle in well over a year, could wind up co-favorites for the Northern Wolf Stakes. In C C's Honor, owned by Childs & Childs Stable, and Romano Gucci, a Herbert W. Kushner color bearer, will be short prices for the 5 1/2-furlong event.

The Northern Wolf, which drew a field of seven, carries a $75,000 purse. Romano Gucci last won here in an allowance event in December 1997. In C C's Honor's last success came at Pimlico in April 1998. Both, however, have turned in solid efforts along the way.

The only last-time winner in the field is Cat Be Nimble, which beat allowance foes at Philadelphia Park. Eastover Faith, Copelan's Number, Wolf Talk and Wise Dusty round out the field.

Tomorrow

South Hill Farm's Mary's Silver Pen heads a field of eight for the 14th running of the Marshua Stakes. The 7-furlong affair, worth $50,000 in prize money, is for 3-year-old fillies.

Mary's Silver Pen earned a place purse in her first appearance locally, the Kattegat's Pride Stakes. She and Lynx, a daughter of Mountain Cat trained by Mike Rogers, have the most stakes experience among those entered.

Something Young, an Ann Merryman-trained daughter of Salt Lake, is likely to draw backing in the mutuels. Short Engagement, Eat More Beans, Innocence Lost. Lynx, Court Sense and Skip's Stiletto complete the lineup. -- Bob Pickering

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