Mister Business, winner of the Miracle Wood Stakes over Laurel's main track, makes his debut on the turf course in the 33rd running of the $75,000 Woodlawn Stakes.
Pimlico has scheduled an early opener for its first race -- gates open at 10: 15 a.m. -- so patrons can catch the 2,000 Guineas from Newmarket, England. They can stay to watch the Kentucky Derby simulcast and the Woodlawn live. Post time for the first race is 12: 30 p.m.
Silver Fax, Poolman, East of Easy, Opening Work, Silver Prospect and Mister Business are all Triple Crown nominees.
East of Easy won the $100,000 Mercke stakes over Calder's grass course last winter but has been struggling since.
The Gala Lil Stakes, an overnight event for non-winners of a sweepstakes, attracted only six distaffers to compete for $35,000 in purse money. It is a wide-open betting event.
Nutuhkea, the only last-time winner in the field, will draw gamblers' attention but she is unlikely to be the choice.
Those honors will to go Gladys J, a winner of three allowance races this year and runner-up in Laurel's Notch Traces Stakes.
Pub Date: 5/02/98