Pimlico weekend

June 17, 2000|By Bob Pickering

Today: Several recent stakes winners are among nine entered for the 15th running of the $200,000 Baltimore Breeders' Cup Handicap. The Grade III event, to be contested at 1 1/8 miles, heads the weekend cards that focus on turf racing. Twelve of the 21 races - including the Breeders' Cup and tomorrow's Riggs Handicap - will be contested over grass.

High weight and likely favorite for the Cup is Black Cash, a Stronach Stable 5-year-old trained by Joe Orseno. The son of Deposit Ticket captured the Grade 2 Eclipse Handicap in Canada at Woodbine Race Course last month.

Others with victories in added-money events this year include Crosspatch (Jennings Handicap), Leave It to Beezer (Norristown Handicap) and Eastern Daydream (Brandywine Stakes).

The field also includes Thunder Flash, Largeandincharge, Blacksage Alley, With Anticipation and Phabulous Code.

Tomorrow: A dozen sturdy turf specialists have been entered for the 68th running of the Riggs Handicap. The $75,000 event, to be contested at 1 1/2 miles, is for 3-year olds and up.

Craigsteel, imported from England in April, has accepted high weight of 116 pounds and is the likely favorite. The son of Suave Dancer, trained by Christopher Clement, won a graded event before being shipped stateside last year. His first start in the United States resulted in a place finish in the Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland.

Colonel Bradley and Flasher are the only last-time winners in the field.

Holditholditholdit, Show King, Blue Goblin, Beautiful Dancer, Gritty Sandie, Carpenter's Halo, Skillington, Golden Marvel and Chronicle S. round out the field.

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