Ritchie Trail at full speed for Conniver 5-year-old favored in $60,000 'cap


It has been a good run in 1993 for Ritchie Trail.

The dark-brown mare upset Stem The Tide in the Maryland Turf Writers' Handicap on Jan. 23 and finished second to Moon Mist in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap last month.

Today, the Charlie Hadry-trained 5-year-old will attempt to add the $60,000 Conniver Handicap to her list of accomplishments that have produced $300,000 in earnings.

Ritchie Trail, with Edgar Prado on board, is listed as the early 3-1 favorite in the Conniver, a 7-furlong sprint for Maryland-bred fillies and mares of 3-year-olds and up.

Ritchie Trail is owned by Mrs. Orme Wilson.

The Conniver and the $40,000 Private Terms Stakes are the top attractions on today's 13-race card, which concludes the Winter Stakes schedule at Laurel Race Course. Post time is 1 p.m.

There will be four simulcasts, including the $500,000 Florida Derby.

In addition to the Florida Derby, Laurel will offer simulcast wagering on the $300,000 Louisiana Derby from the Fair Grounds, the $150,000 Razorback Handicap from Oaklawn Park and the $75,000 Swale Stakes from Gulfstream Park.

Today's Conniver Handicap also has attracted stakes winners Singing Ring and Silver Tango. In her most recent outing, Feb. 15, Singing Ring won the Maryland Million Handicap by nearly five lengths.

In the Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, Bounding Daisy will be out to strengthen his reputation as Maryland's premier 3-year-old.

Bounding Daisy has won his past two starts by a combined 18 lengths.

The field for the 1 1/16-mile Private Terms Stakes also will include multiple stakes winner Chip's Dancer and Kentucky's Guns Ablaze.

Win stands for Filex's Dream

In yesterday's featured eighth race at Laurel, Filex's Dream ran off to a 3 1/4 -length victory over Princess Could Be.

But the rider of Princess Could Be, Clarence Ladner, filed an objection against winning jockey Santos Chavez and Filex's Dream for alleged interference while leaving the starting gate.

The objection was not allowed, and Filex's Dream paid $6.80 to win.

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