Weekend at Laurel

January 20, 2001|By Bob Pickering

Today

Case of the Blues, a daughter of In Case which has won several stakes locally, returns from vacation to face seven other fillies and mares in the Nellie Morse Stakes.

The Tony Dutrow-trained mare is the likely favorite for the 19th running of the $75,000, 1 1/16-mile affair.

During her 2000 campaign, Case of the Blues reeled off four straight victories in added-money events before failing at long odds in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico.

Her chief opposition is likely to come from Prized Stamp, winner of two recent outings vs. high-priced claimers, or Sheldons Jet.

Sheldons Jet hasn't raced since last July, when she completed her campaign by winning three straight.

Tomorrow

Marciano, winner of four straight and the lone stakes winner in a field of seven, is the likely favorite for the seventh running of the Miracle Wood Stakes.

It is also the stakes debut for Talk Is Money, which won at first asking in very impressive fashion over a muddy strip.

The Miracle Wood is worth $50,000 and will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.

Marciano's streak began last October at Delaware Park and reached its peak in late December, when he captured the Ambernash Stakes by six lengths.

Marciano has never faced a muddy strip, but his sire Two Punch, is a top producer of off-track runners. Talk Is Money's 10-length victory came in the mud.

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