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By Sports Digest | December 4, 2009
Laurel Park's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash was downgraded from Grade I to Grade II status, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced. The De Francis Dash was one of just three Grade I races contested in Maryland, along with the Preakness and the Pimlico Special. The committee reviewed 723 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with purses of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 487 of them. A total of 15 graded races were upgraded, while 23 were downgraded, including the De Francis Dash and Pimlico Race Course's Miss Preakness Stakes, which went from a Grade III to ungraded.
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From Sun staff reports | September 22, 2013
Robert Abbo Racing Stable's Immortal Eyes left the gate in a flash, opened up quickly on his rivals and won the $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash handily over the sloppy track Saturday at Laurel Park. The Fall Festival of Racing program also featured five open stakes races on the turf course plus the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-breds. Travis Dunkelberger and Immortal Eyes were 63/4 lengths in front of Saturday's Charm at the finish of the De Francis, in a time of 1 minute, 8.47 seconds for the 6-furlong distance.
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By From Sun staff reports | August 20, 2010
The 57-day fall meeting at Laurel Park will not include the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, which has been a staple of the fall stakes schedule since 2001. Introduced in 1990, the De Francis Dash is one of the elite six-furlong sprints in the country with four of the 19 winners — Housebuster (1991), Cherokee Run (1994), Smoke Glacken (1997) and Thor's Echo (2006) — earning Eclipse Award honors for champion sprinter. The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association downgraded the Dash from Grade I to Grade II status in December.
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Sports Digest | September 19, 2013
Horse racing De Francis is Saturday; Laurel opens today Nine sprinters, including local star Ben's Cat, have been entered in Saturday's 22nd running of the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park. The track's fall meeting begins today and ends Dec. 31, with racing Wednesdays through Saturdays, holidays excluded. The meet includes 31 stakes races, worth more than $3.3 million. Saturday's 11-race Fall Festival of Racing card will begin at 1:10 p.m. The De Francis Dash is an elite 6-furlong sprint that has produced four Eclipse Award champion sprinter winners: Housebuster (1991)
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By Marty McGee | April 10, 1991
The sprint race named in honor of the late Frank J. De Francis will undergo several changes this summer.The Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash purse has been lowered from $350,000 to $300,000; the date has been moved from mid-August to July 20; and the race will be run at Laurel Race Course.The De Francis Dash, as it has become known, was inaugurated at Pimlico Race Course last year as the nation's second-richest sprint, behind only the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint. The -- was run Aug. 18 as part of a television package with the Travers Stakes.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1995
Put up the money and good horses will come.That's usually the case, and it worked to snare Lite The Fuse and jockey Julie Krone for the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Dash on July 15 at Laurel Park.For the horse's trainer, Dick Dutrow, the question was whether to return to his former home base at Laurel with a good chance of winning $180,000 or staying put in New York and nailing down $60,000 by winning the True North Handicap on the same day at Belmont Park."When you're in that situation, there's really no question what you do," Dutrow said.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Evening Sun Staff | April 10, 1991
The De Francis Dash will once again be televised by ABC, Maryland track officials announced yesterday.But there are two important changes for this summer's running of the $300,000 sprint stakes.The race will be run a month earlier, on Saturday, July 20, and it will be run at Laurel.For the initial running last year, the race was held at Pimlico and was run Aug. 18, the same day as the Travers Stakes, which ABC also televised from Saratoga.But it was also the same day that another Saratoga stakes, the King's Bishop, drew eventual champion sprinter Housebuster, away from the De Francis Dash.
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By From staff reports | November 24, 2007
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.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 20, 1991
LAUREL -- The late Frank De Francis had a knack for knowing what turned racing fans on. Although he was a self-styled king of promotion, De Francis knew that no amount of promotion could top the legitimacy of a race among top-class horses.So when Safely Kept and Housebuster meet for the first time in today's second Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Race Course, the ideals of De Francis, who died nearly two years ago, will be uppermost in the mind of his son, Joe De Francis."The thing my dad never forgot," said De Francis, who has assumed the legacy of his father as controlling owner and president of Laurel and Pimlico race courses, "was that he was selling horse racing.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | July 18, 1993
Can the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash make the jump from a Grade III to Grade II race?The six-furlong sprint has its fourth running next Sunday. The pressure is on Lenny Hale, Laurel/Pimlico vice president of racing, to try to attract as many graded-stakes winners to the race as possible. The number of top horses that compete translates into greater prestige for the race that ultimately means a better grading.So far -- after preliminary entries were taken last week -- it seems like Hale has done his homework.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2012
The 11-horse field in the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park was packed with strong sprinters from New York and New Jersey, but when the competitors in the six-furlong race reached the wire, it was Maryland-bred Action Andy, the sixth betting choice, by a literal whisker. In a photo finish, Action Andy edged Kentucky-bred and second choice Il Villano, officially by a nose. The 5-year-old son of Gators N Bears came into the race off a win in the Maryland Million Sprint, but went off at 10-to-1 odds, paying $22.00, $9.20 and $6.60 after covering the dirt course in 1:10.61.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Maryland trainer Carlos Garcia said it takes a little patience to coax success from an inexpensive race horse. He might have added love and peppermints, too, because that is what the 62-year-old gives his Laurel Park-based horses, and it has paid off well. Saturday, Garcia will send Action Andy, the winner of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Sprint, to post in the 21st running of the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash. If Action Andy wins, it will be Garcia's 145th career stakes victory.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
Candyman E is coming to Laurel Park Saturday to run in the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash. He knows nothing about the De Francis or it's history. But his trainer Tony Dutrow does. Dutrow grew up here. His father, Dick, won the De Francis with Lite The Fuse in 1995 and 1996, and his brother, Rick, won with Benny the Bull in 2007. But Dutrow isn't interested in history. The only thing that concerns him is his horse and stretching his winning streak to four. "I'm very matter of fact here," Dutrow said.
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Sports Digest | October 20, 2011
Laurel Park Candyman E favored in De Francis Dash Ten sprinters, including 2-1 favorite Candyman E, have been entered for the 20th running of the $150,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on Saturday at Laurel Park. The card also features the $75,000 Lady Baltimore Stakes and the $60,000 Twixt Stakes. Candyman E, the son of Candy Ride, has won three consecutive starts since arriving in the Tony Dutrow barn this July. Joe Bravo has the riding assignment. "He is in top form," Dutrow said of Candyman E. "I think he is best when he can sit off and make a run. An old friend thought the horse would be useful in the Northeast this summer and sent me to him. I am happy things have worked out well.
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Sports Digest | October 16, 2011
Horse racing Ravalo among 23 nominated for Dash Twenty-three sprinters have been nominated for the 20th running of the $150,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Saturday. Among those pre-entered are graded winners Caixa Eletronica, Calibrachoa, Comedero, Despite the Odds, Starforaday and Ravalo. Trained by Donald Barr at Laurel Park, Ravalo, the 2009 De Francis Dash runner-up, surpassed the million-dollar mark earlier this year. Maryland Jockey Club stakes coordinator Coley Blind expects Maryland Million Sprint winner Sloane Ranger and recent allowance winner Wildcat Brief to compete in Laurel's most important race.
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By From Sun staff reports | August 20, 2010
The 57-day fall meeting at Laurel Park will not include the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, which has been a staple of the fall stakes schedule since 2001. Introduced in 1990, the De Francis Dash is one of the elite six-furlong sprints in the country with four of the 19 winners — Housebuster (1991), Cherokee Run (1994), Smoke Glacken (1997) and Thor's Echo (2006) — earning Eclipse Award honors for champion sprinter. The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association downgraded the Dash from Grade I to Grade II status in December.
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By From Sun staff and news services | December 4, 2009
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By Sports Digest | December 4, 2009
Laurel Park's Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash was downgraded from Grade I to Grade II status, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced. The De Francis Dash was one of just three Grade I races contested in Maryland, along with the Preakness and the Pimlico Special. The committee reviewed 723 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with purses of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 487 of them. A total of 15 graded races were upgraded, while 23 were downgraded, including the De Francis Dash and Pimlico Race Course's Miss Preakness Stakes, which went from a Grade III to ungraded.
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