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Laurel card to start 11 a.m. Saturday


Laurel Park will begin its Saturday card at 11 a.m. to accommodate the 12th running of the Breeders' Cup program at Belmont Park.

The tentative schedule calls for the Maryland track to conduct two races before the Juvenile Fillies race launches the nation's horse racing championship series at 11:55 a.m.

Then, there will be intervals of at least 16 minutes between live Laurel events and the Breeders' Cup races, which culminate with the running of the Classic at 3:10 p.m.

Saturday's entire Belmont card will be simulcast to the Maryland outlets, including three races not related to the Breeders' Cup.

Laurel will conduct 11 races Saturday, with the only lull after the running of the sixth (1:47) until post time for the seventh (3:28).

During that period, the Breeders' Cup program will run the Juvenile, Turf and Classic.

Meanwhile, the defending Classic champion, Maryland-based Concern, won't waste any time getting into and out of New York. Trainer Dick Small's plans call for Concern to leave his Pimlico barn at about midnight Friday and arrive at Belmont early in the morning. They should be back at Pimlico before midnight Saturday.

Concern, Maryland's Horse of the Year in 1994, has earned more than $3 million with his patented late rushes through the stretch.

NOTE: Jockey Juan Umana appealed a seven-day stewards' suspension handed out yesterday for his ride aboard Rosemary's Wish on Sunday's card. But he might not have helped his case when his mount, Counter Call, was disqualified from first and placed fourth in yesterday's 10th race after forcing jockey Larry Reynolds to check on Quadream during the stretch run.

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