Laurel weekend

July 29, 2000|By Bob Pickering

Today: The first three finishers in last year's Find Handicap are among the dozen registered Maryland-breds entered in the 23rd running. The 1 1/8 -mile turf affair, for 3-year-olds and up, is worth $75,000. Cynics Beware was an 8-to-1 shot when finishing a nose in front of Hardy's Halo, the 3-to-2 favorite, in last year's event. Private Slip was third. And since the Two Rivers Farm color-bearer is still seeking his first win in three starts this year, Cynics Beware could wind up a bargain in the wagering once again. Hardy's Halo made his first start of the year at Monmouth Park earlier this month and finished a closing third against tough allowance runners. He's likely to be solidly backed today. Crosspatch will carry top weight of 119 pounds, but has not yet been assigned a rider. Trainers of six other runners are likely waiting for a favorable weather report before naming their jockeys. Tomorrow: Watchman's Warning, which has been competing in Graded stakes with limited success on the New York circuit this year, will go postward the favorite in the second running of the Who Wouldn't Stakes. The $40,000 stakes is for 3-year-olds and up who have never won an added-money event. Watchman's Warning won only one start this year, but finished on the board in the Westchester and Jaipur Handicaps, both Grade III stakes. His latest venture found him a close-up fifth on the turf in the Grade III Poker Handicap. His main challenger is likely to be Night Caller, a 4-year-old trained by Alan Goldburg. The son of Phone Trick brings a pair of close-up finishes in Laurel's Furey and Chase Me Stakes.

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