Weekend at Laurel

February 12, 2000|By Bob Pickering


Perfect to a Tee, which closed his '99 campaign with four straight victories, including three stakes, heads the field for the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes. The Johnson, which will be contested over 1 3/16-miles, carries a $75,000 purse. Ten male runners, 4 years old and up, are entered. Perfect to a Tee closed the year by winning Laurel's Maryland Million Classic and The Congressional Handicap. He hasn't raced since late November. Other recent stakes winners entered for the 15th edition include S W Clarence, winner of the Hail Emperor Stakes, and Thunder Flash, who captured the Broad Brush.


Two unbeaten Maryland-breds with designs on stakes status are entered for the 15th running of the Deputed Testamony Stakes. A $75,000 purse is up for grabs for the first four 3-year-olds to cross under the wire at the end 1 1/8-mile route.

Inner Harbor, owned by Mrs. Frank P. Wright, and London Times, owned by trainer Tim Ritchey, remain unbeaten after two starts. Inner Harbor was the favorite in both starts while London Times offered bargain odds in each outing. They are also the only members of the field with a victory in their last start.

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