Seven veteran runners, who have become household names on Maryland circuit, meet in the 33rd running of the Native Dancer Handicap. Big Rut, who beat Algar in consecutive stakes last year, continues his rivalry with trainer Barbara Graham's runner in the $75,000-added event.
Algar was assigned high weight of 118 pounds off a victory in the Maryland Million Classic. He also placed in the Hail Emperor Stakes and showed in the Congressional Handicap.
Before pulling up lame in the Sagamore Stakes in March, Big Rut won last year's renewal of the Dancer and was victorious in its next start, the Johnson Memorial Handicap. Algar finished behind the son of Kokand both times.
Lies of Omission, Waited, Testing, Warrenpeace and Dr. Best complete the field.
The Holly Beach Stakes has attracted a full field of fillies and mares including a pair of shippers, Glamour Girl and Deb's Honor. They are trained by Todd Pletcher and Mark Hennig, respectively.
The Holly Beach will go as the ninth event on a 10-race card. The 1 1/8-mile stakes, to be contested under allowance conditions, will carry $35,000 in prize money.
Among the 11 that passed the entry box, Indian Head Penny, Shuttered, Stop That Broad, Ragtime Doll and Gladys J are familiar names with local fans.
Final One, Sudden, Smashing Review and Saint Aubin round out the field.
Pub Date: 1/09/99