De Francis Dash pits 8 sprinters

Horse racing

November 24, 2007|By From staff reports

Eight sprinters, including two of the top four finishers from the Breeders' Cup Sprint, are entered in today's Grade I, $250,000 De Francis Dash at Laurel Park.

The 18th annual Dash, one of five Grade I sprints at six furlongs, tops the Fall Festival of Racing card, which features four added-money races. Gates open at 11 a.m., and first post is 12:10 p.m.

Benny the Bull, who had a troubled trip in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27 but rallied to finish fourth 2 1/2 lengths behind Talent Search, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite.

Talent Search, the third-place finisher in the Sprint, is the 2-1 second choice after drawing the rail.

The race is named for the late Frank J. De Francis, former owner of the Maryland Jockey Club.

A total of 111 horses are entered on the 10-race card, which includes the $125,000 Selima Stakes for fillies and the $125,000 Laurel Futurity for colts and geldings.

Thirteen will go 1 1/16 miles over the turf in the Selima, and 14 will go two races later in the Futurity, at the same distance and over the same surface.

Today's race


Purse: $250,000, Grade I, six furlongs. Post: 4:36 p.m.

PP Horse Jockey Odds Trainer

1. Holly Time Eddie Castro 9-5 Rick Dutrow

1A. Benny the Bull Edgar Prado 9-5 Rick Dutrow

2. Talent Search Ryan Fogelsonger 2-1 Mark Shuman

3. Hi Time Scott Joe Rocco Jr. 20-1 William Downing

4. Will He Shine Stewart Elliott 6-1 Steve Asmussen

5. Saint Anddan Ramon Dominguez 8-1 Tony Dutrow

6. Miraculous Miss Jeremy Rose 8-1 Steve Klesaris

7. High Finance Anna Napravnik 5-1 Rick Violette

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