Weekend at Laurel

January 06, 2001|By Bob Pickering

Today Devil's Quid, a New York-based mare trained by Richard Dutorw Jr. is the likely favorite for the 29th running of the Francis Scott Key Stakes. The daughter of Devil's Bag joins five other fillies and mares for the 5 1/2 -furlong dash worth $50,000. The Francis Scott Key is a rare appearance for Devil's Quid in an added-money event. The majority of her starts have been restricted to allowance or high-end claiming races. She recently returned to competition after a 10-month vacation to place in a $70,000 claimer. Her chief opposition could come from Elektraline. The remainder of the field includes Lady Chance, A Lot of Mary, Doc Calls Her Kate and Rangeley Lady.

Tomorrow Do I Ever, which closed last year's campaign by upsetting $35,000 opt-claimers, heads the field for the $40,000 Potomac Stakes. The 1 1/16 mile event, for 4-year-olds and up, drew seven entrants. A 22-to-1 shot in the betting, Do I Ever overcame her opposition entering the stretch and reached the wire almost five lengths in front of Ken Doll. The only other member of the field sporting a last-time victory is Sonofqueen, which beat $25,000 claimers as the favorite. He's My Buckaroo, Spectacular Light, Clark's Close and Fortunate Streak complete the lineup.

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