Six fillies and mares will run in the final graded stakes of Laurel's winter meeting, the Grade III, $100,000 Snow Goose Handicap.
New York will be well-represented in the person of jockey Mike Smith, who will guide top-weighted Lotta Dancing, a 5-2 second choice in the overnight line.
Lotta Dancing has raced only once since Jan. 28, finishing third in the Grade III Next Move Handicap at Aqueduct. She has not been worse than third in her past eight starts.
The early favorite at 2-1 is local runner Miss Slewpy, who is 5-for-8 lifetime with three seconds. She has come back from a year off with an allowance victory and a sharp second to Julie's Brilliance in the Conniver two weeks ago, beaten by a nose. Miss Slewpy has won three stakes at the Snow Goose distance, 1 1/8 miles.
Two others from New York, Shoop and Madame Adolphe, beat Lotta Dancing in the Next Move, and also merit consideration.
Elsewhere, the top 3-year-old events will be at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, Ark.), where Ide is expected to be the odds-on favorite in the Grade III, $100,000 Rebel Stakes, a prep for the Arkansas Derby, and at Remington Park (Oklahoma City), where the $300,000 Remington Park Derby has attracted seven, with Devil's Honor the probable choice.
The top race for older horses will be the $200,000 Widener Handicap at Hialeah, with former Baltimore Budweiser Breeders' Cup winner Excellent Tipper and Mecke in the mix.
Pub Date: 3/23/96