After being named the Horse of the Year for 1995 last night, Cigar goes against seven others in the Grade I $300,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. He is seeking his 13th straight win.
It is the start of an unprecedented campaign that could take him to the West Coast three times and to the $4 million Dubai Invitational (Saudi Arabia) in search of more than $6 million in five months.
At Santa Anita, Honour and Glory is expected to be the choice against five other 3-year-olds running seven furlongs in the Grade III San Vicente Stakes.
Owned by Michael Tabor and trained by D. Wayne Lukas (the same Thunder Gulch team that won last year's Kentucky Derby), Honour and Glory was moved up from a scheduled March 2 start because of his excellent training.
'Secret' goes in Jameela
While national attention will be focused elsewhere, Secret Prospect shoots for her fourth victory in her last six starts in Laurel's $60,000 Jameela Stakes.
The six-furlong -- is limited to Maryland-bred, 3-year-old fillies.
Owned by Conover Stable, Secret Prospect has established herself as the one to beat in her age category despite a neck loss to Ontherightwicket in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship.
Her other defeat during a five-race winter at Laurel was by 4 1/2 lengths to Mystic Rhythms in the Maryland Million Lassie. She won three other stakes convincingly.
Only four rivals will try the favorite and none has won in stakes or allowance company.
'Doctor' lags in last
Doctor Ichabod's final appearance on the track yesterday did not produce spectacular results.
The popular 11-year-old gelding broke slowly as usual, but didn't fire with his customary late run and finished seventh in the nine-horse fifth race.
He will be honored today with a special retirement ceremony after making 116 starts.