Weekend at Laurel

February 05, 2000|By Bob Pickering


A dozen capable sprinters, many of whom have attained stakes status on the Maryland circuit, have been entered in the 28th edition of the Hoover Stakes. The $75,000-added affair, for 4-year-olds and up, will be contested over six furlongs. Unreal Madness, an exceptionally hot item on the New York circuit lately, and Romano Gucci, runner-up in two recent local stakes events, will draw considerable action at the mutuels.

The first four finishers in the Northern Wolf Stakes, headed by In C C's Honor, are also in the tightly matched dash.

The 10-race card also features the Belair Stakes, a $40,000 route for 3-year-old fillies. The Belair, set for its initial running, was postponed after snow forced Laurel officials to scrap last Sunday's card. The 1 1/8-mile event will go as the eighth race. North Lake Jane, winner of her last three starts, and Mary's Silver Pen are likely to share being favorites.


After the scratch of Missy Dear, 11 older fillies and mares were left to contest the Maryland Racing Writers Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile race, set for its ninth running, carries a $75,000 purse.

Ocean Princess, which owns a four-race winning streak, including the recent Holly Beach Stakes, is due significant action in the betting.

The favorite, however, may be Katharine Merryman's Proud Run, winner of Philadelphia Park's Mid-Atlantic Distaff Handicap and runner-up in both the Maryland Million Lady and Nellie Morse stakes.

Inn Between, who routed allowance runners in her last start, and Holiday Ball, an off-track specialist from trainer Rodney Jenkins' stable, have been supplemented for $750.

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