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

DE FRANCIS DASH

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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