Red-hot Red's Round Table wins $75K Wide Country Stakes at Laurel Park

Baltimore Grand Prix ticket holders eligible for free pass to IndyCar world championships in Las Vegas

March 06, 2011|By Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Red-hot Red's Round Table wins Wide Country Stakes

Arnold Heft's Red's Round Table won her fourth straight stakes race Saturday afternoon, the $75,000 Wide Country Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. Although runner-up Sweet Susan made a bold run at the winner late in the contest after chasing her from the start, the race was never in doubt as jockey Sheldon Russell helped the daughter of Cuvee to a 3/4-length victory in 1 minute, 25.99 seconds for the seven-furlong distance. Heather, who had finished second behind the winner in the Marshua Stakes last time out, finished third. "Couldn't have asked her to try any harder," said Russell, the leading rider during the current Laurel winter meeting. "She really gave us everything today. She was definitely slowing down, and I just wanted her to be able to see the other horse coming. She's very game and keeps trying. As soon as I brought her out, she gave me a little extra." The promising filly is now 6-for-7 lifetime with added money scores at Delaware Park and Aqueduct to end her 2-year-old campaign, and a pair of stakes at Laurel (Marshua and Wide Country) to begin her sophomore season. The winner, who is trained by Tim Keefe at Laurel Park, paid $3.20. Keefe is best known for conditioning the recently retired Celtic Innis ($648,638 in earnings), a multiple stakes winning sprinter.

"We are having a great time with her and don't even know how good she is," said Heft, a former co-owner of the Baltimore Bullets and NBA referee. Keefe indicated that the ultimate goal for Red's Round Table is the $75,000 Miss Preakness Stakes, a six-furlong test at Pimlico Race Course on Black-Eyed Susan Day (May 20).

More Laurel Park: Trainer Dane Kobiskie had enough confidence in Shoe Freak Marlene to send him back to the races on one day's rest. His faith was rewarded when the 6-year-old gelding made a startling rally from last to first in the fourth race, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:13.05. With three weeks remaining in the Laurel winter meeting, Kobiskie leads the training standings with 13 victories, one more than Dickie Small and John Rigattieri.

Baltimore Grand Prix

Ticket holders eligible for free pass to world championships

Every fan who purchases a ticket for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix will be eligible to receive a free ticket to the Izod IndyCar World Championships Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, IndyCar has announced. Beginning March 21, Baltimore Grand Prix ticket holders can redeem the offer by visiting or stopping by the IndyCar Fan Zone or other designated locations at the Baltimore Grand Prix during race weekend. Fans will have until Sept. 11 to register for the complementary tickets, and the offer is limited to the first 80,000 tickets. The Baltimore Grand Prix will take place Sept. 2-4 in the Inner Harbor and will be highlighted by the American Le Mans Series and Izod IndyCar Series. Tickets for the Baltimore Grand Prix are available online at or by phone at 877-4-FLY-TIX.

—From Sun staff and news services

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