Country Chase takes Laurel last-day feature


LAUREL -- Kentucky invader Country Chase pulled away in the stretch and notched a 5 1/2 -length victory yesterday in the $40,000 My Juliet Handicap, the closing-day feature at Laurel Race Course.

The result ended the four-race winning streak of 3-to-5 favorite Dhaka, who was never a factor and finished third.

Jockey William Troilo said Country Chase's score in the six-furlong -- for fillies and mares "was very easy. She was really sharp warming up, made the lead easily and relaxed."

Trainer Walter Bindner Jr. plans to bring the horse back to Maryland for the $40,000 Maryland City Handicap at Laurel on Oct. 10 to test male horses.

NOTES: Mike Luzzi won his second Laurel jockey title with 57 victories at the meeting, and Edgar Prado was the runner-up with 45. . . . The training crown again went to King Leatherbury, who saddled 20 winners. It was his 17th at Laurel. He has 18 at Pimlico. . . . Average daily attendance (including intertrack wagering at Pimlico) was 9,280, down 4.5 percent for the meeting. The average live handle, $1,412,568, slumped 5.4 percent. But commingling brought in an average of $196,699 daily.

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