Laurel weekend

March 11, 2000|By Bob Pickering

Today: The win and place finishers in the Hoover Stakes are among a dozen colts and geldings entered for the seventh running of the Endless Surprise Stakes.

Philadelphia Park-based Power by Far, and Wise Dusty, a regular on the Maryland circuit,, will match strides with Crosspatch, who is returning from vacation. Crosspatch was the upsetter in the John B. Campbell Handicap at Pimlico last April.

The Endless Surprise purse, worth $75,000, will be divided among the first four finishers to reach the wire after six furlongs.

Power by Far, now 2-for-2 over the local surface, also won the Bowie Stakes in December.

Crosspatch, who competed in a pair of optional claiming races before winning the Campbell, has been training superbly at the Bowie Training Center.

Tomorrow: Only five Maryland-breds were in the entry box when officials drew post positions for the history-rich Goss L. Stryker Stakes.

That may be due in part to the presence of Tim's Crossing, an unbeaten gelding by Valley Crossing.

The seven-furlong Stryker, set for its 27th running, carries a $60,000 purse.

Trainer Jimmy Murphy sent Tim's Crossing out for his debut in late January and the 3-year-old rewarded with a front-running, 5 1/2-length victory. His second start, under allowance conditions, was even more impressive.

His chief opposition could come from Icarian, 30-to-1 upset winner of the Herat Stakes.

The field also includes For Love and Honor, winner of back-to-back starts; Smiling Lord, and Basic Concern.

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