Fritchie will feature Xtra Heat, Carson Hollow

Horse Racing

February 13, 2003|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Xtra Heat and Carson Hollow, two of the fastest female thoroughbreds in the world, will meet for the second time Saturday in the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park.

Xtra Heat, who is stabled at Laurel, will break from post 2, and Carson Hollow, who is expected to arrive at Laurel today from Florida, will break from post 4. The Barbara Fritchie is a Grade II stakes of seven furlongs.

Frank Carulli, Maryland Jockey Club handicapper, rated Xtra Heat the even-money favorite and Carson Hollow the 9-5 second choice in the field of seven.

The first time the two speedsters met, in the Breeders' Cup Sprint last fall at Arlington Park, neither ran up to par. Xtra Heat at 6-1 apparently didn't like the wet surface and finished sixth. Carson Hollow at 18-1 finished 13th (last) but was found afterward to have had a lung infection, said her trainer, Richard Dutrow Jr.

This will be Carson Hollow's first race since the Sprint. A 4-year-old daughter of Carson City, she has won five of seven races. Xtra Heat, 5, has won 25 of 34.

Zonk, a graded-stakes winner from Philadelphia Park, will break from post 1 at 9-2 in the morning line. The Tony Dutrow-trained Wilzada was to have competed in the Barbara Fritchie, but she fractured her left foreleg during a workout Sunday at Laurel. She underwent surgery Monday and should be able to return to racing in six or seven months, Dutrow said.

The Barbara Fritchie (post time about 4:25 p.m.) is just one highlight of Laurel's weekend that includes amateur boxing on Saturday, the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap on Sunday and the $200,000 General George Handicap and Xtra Heat bobblehead giveaway on Monday.

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