Weekend at Laurel

January 22, 2000|By Bob Pickering

Today

Flippy Diane, whose lone appearance at Laurel resulted in victory in the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, heads a field of seven fillies and mares for the Francis Scott Key Stakes. The $75,000 event will be contested over 5 1/2 furlongs.

The 6-year-old daughter of Arron's Concorde is also one of two last-time winners entered for the 28th running of the dash. New York-based mare Weekend Retreat comes into the race sporting an off-pace victory at Aqueduct under allowance conditions.

Other formidable contenders in the field include Burning Daylight Farm's Passeggiata, which acquired over half of $436,850 in purses here, and Halo's Security, winner of the Conniver and Stefanifa Stakes locally.

Tomorrow The Jameela Stakes, set for its 18th running, lured five Maryland-bred fillies.

Case of the Blues, owned by Skeedattle II, may be a slight favorite when post time for the $60,000 dash rolls around. The Hamilton Smith-trained daughter of In Case finished second to her unbeaten stablemate Gin Talking in both the Maryland Million Lassie and the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.

Beda Maria and Logan's Press Card, the fourth- and seventh-place finishers in the Filly Championship, are also in the six-furlong affair.

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