Weekend at Pimlico

May 06, 2000|By Bob Pickering

Today

Many of the 3-year-olds entered for the 35th running of the Woodlawn will be testing the grass course for the first time when the gates open for the 1 1/16-mile event.

The $75,000 Woodlawn is scheduled as the 10th race on a card that will also carry a simulcast of the Kentucky Derby. Post time for the first of 11 races is 12: 30 p.m.

Blaze and Blues, a promising son of noted turf sire Hansel, brings a 2-for-3 record into his first stakes appearance, but is untested over the infield. Only four of those entered -- Dog Tags, Dixie Run, Quixote's Prince and Rumsonontheriver -- have victories on grass.

Dog Tags, a newcomer to the turf scene, left Florida with a victory over allowance runners.

Tomorrow

The second running of the Charlie Eckman Stakes has lured its defending champ back into the lineup.

La Renie's Terms, upsetter in the initial running of the Eckman, will face 11 runners. Fourteen were entered, but two were placed on alternate list. The Eckman, to be contested at a mile on the turf course, is worth $60,000, plus an added $20,000 if a Maryland-bred wins the event.

The favorite's role may fall to North East Bound, which is making his first start of the year. Among his accomplishments is a victory in last year's Kent Breeders' Cup, a Grade 3 event at Delaware Park.

Other noteworthy entrants are Trump Mahal, Daylight Savings and Banner Boy.

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