Robert Meyerhoff's Tough Broad is due top billing for the April Run Stakes, a 1 1/2 -mile turf marathon that carries a $50,000 purse.
The sixth running of the filly-mare test drew local distaffers as well as several campaigners from out of town.
Tough Broad, trained by Doug Small, is still seeking her first victory of the year. The daughter of Broad Brush landed money spots in both outings this season but remains winless since last summer. She comes into this event as a beaten favorite with an excuse.
Hoochie Coochie, one of four alternates in the field, also will get respect in the mutuels if she draws into the field. The filly, who has had success over the local turf, comes off a nose score at Belmont Park this month.
Riscay, Sad Refrain, Miss North Beach and Leading Question also merit consideration.
Smashing Review, Hot Salsa, Mz. Mazuma, Little Oyster Baby, Squaw D'or and Runaway Mary complete the field.
The one-two finishers in the Sham Say Stakes meet again in the Gold Digger Stakes, an abbreviated sprint on the grass.
Thirteen fillies and mares have passed the entry box for the five-furlong, $40,000 event but only 12 will start. Phone My Lady, a rank outsider, is on the alternate list and is a likely scratch.
Big Ego and American Treasure finished a half-length apart in the Sham Say but neither runner is experienced on turf.
The favorite's role could fall on Incredible Revenge or Hot Getaway. The former won her 1998 debut over the Garden State Park infield. Hot Getaway's initial outing this year was a victory in the mud but the daughter of Norquester is a seasoned grasser.
Midnight Blizzard, Cadillac Kind, Weather Vane, Bronze Plumage, Crab Grass, TJ's Tuff as Nails, Call My Name, and Rhoda Elaine complete the field.
Pub Date: 5/30/98