Squan Song headlines Laurel holiday card


LAUREL -- Wait For the Lady will try to duplicate a recent wire-to-wire victory in today's $60,000 Squan Song Handicap at Laurel Race Course.

George "Chick" Borden, serving in place of leading trainer King Leatherbury, will oversee the saddling of both Wait For the Lady and Thirty Eight Go Go, the 1-3 finishers in their most recent race, the Gala Lil Handicap.

Wait For the Lady, making her stakes debut, won the Gala Lil in a 16-1 upset.

The 12-race holiday program includes the simulcast of the Stymie Handicap from Aqueduct in New York. The first post is noon.

Leatherbury is serving a 15-day suspension for a medication violation.

NOTES: Veteran rider Greg Hutton and agent Richard Gaudet have ended their long business relationship. Hutton's mounts will be booked by Gordon Becraft, former agent for Donnie Miller. Gaudet will book mounts for apprentice Marcus Assia. . . . Jockey Jose Santos told Laurel officials Saturday, "I've never heard anything back from the Meadow Star [people]" regarding whether he will ride the filly, Meadow Star, or Fly So Free if both run in any Triple Crown races. All indications are that Santos will end up on Fly So Free, who is expected to compete next in Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, which will be simulcast at Laurel. . . . Thirtyeightcaliber, ridden by Edgar Prado, won the $21,000 feature at Laurel yesterday. She paid $5.20 as the favorite in a field of six filly-mare claimers. . . . Maryland-based Sleek n Graceful won the $25,000 Patriot Stakes at Philadelphia Park yesterday. The 3-year-old colt, trained by Larry Horning, was ridden by Chad Murphy. He paid $18.80 to win.

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