`Heat' to run at SprintFest

High Schools

February 14, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A full field of 11, including sprinting sensation Xtra Heat, has been entered to start in Saturday's Grade II Barbara Fritchie Handicap, one of the headline events at Laurel Park's Winter SprintFest weekend.

Xtra Heat, the 2001 Eclipse Award finalist in both the sprinter and 3-year-old filly divisions, will carry 128 pounds, 12 to 16 pounds more than the other 10 in the field. When the weights were announced on Sunday, John Salzman, her trainer and co-owner, considered not running the Laurel Park-based filly in her own back yard.

Harry Vega will have the mount for the third straight time. Regular rider Rick Wilson is still recovering from a broken right leg, suffered in a spill at Pimlico in October.

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