Weekend at Laurel

March 03, 2001

Today

Prized Stamp, the surprise winner of the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap two weekends ago, headlines a strong field in the $60,000 Miss Spin Stakes at Laurel Park.

Eight fillies are expected to start the 6 1/2 -furlong race, including five that have won stakes races at Laurel Park in the past seven months. In addition to Dale Capuano's filly, the other winners are End Sweep's Girl (Singing Beauty, Feb. 19), Miss Cheers (Squan Song, Dec. 26), Elektraline (Contrary Rose, Dec. 10) and Silent Valay (Straight Deal, Aug. 19). Scott Lake, the nation's winningest trainer, trains Elektraline and has also entered A Lot Of Mary.

Since July, that filly has finished in the top two in 12 straight, including nine wins. Maryland-bred It's A True Ring has finished in the money in 13 of 17 career starts, including a third-place finish in the What A Summer Stakes on Super Bowl Sunday. Philadelphia-based Timely Affair completes the field. Also today, fans can sign up and begin playing the monthlong "Cure The Winter Blues" handicapping tournament. The tournament features free registration, weekly prizes and a $2,500 grand prize.

Tomorrow

The Marshua Stakes was postponed, but the ninth race features a solid field running seven furlongs. Maryland Million Sprint Handicap champion McKendree is the likely favorite.

The Maryland-bred also won the Challedon Stakes on Dec. 26. P Day, who defeated McKendree in an allowance race on Jan. 27, is also expected to run. The son of Private Terms finished fourth in the General George Handicap on Feb. 19, placed third in the Maryland Million Classic last October and has been in the money in 18 of 25 career starts. Lake will send SonOfAQueen, who has won 10 of his past 12, including seven victories.

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