Two sophomores -- one locally trained, the other a shipper from Philadelphia Park -- meet in the sixth Horatius Stakes. Nine 3-year-olds passed the entry box for the seven-furlong affair with a $50,000 purse. Mr. Katowice, a Florida-bred conditioned by Bob Camac, is the impressive winner of both appearances at Laurel. He won his latest outing by 11 1/4 lengths against a field of allowance runners. Hush Itsa Secret is 3-for-3 in a career that began as a $10,000 claimer last autumn at Delaware Park. He was haltered in his next appearance, a $20,000 test, then beat allowance foes in his most recent effort. Five others -- Mark's Mane Man, Perfect Score, Well Intended, Dr. Fallon and Smart Guy -- are coming off victories in their last starts.
Eastern Daydream and Algar, which have won multiple added-money affairs over the years at Laurel, match strides again in the 14th Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap. A $50,000 purse is up for grabs for the eight older runners entered to go a mile and three-sixteenths. Algar won only one race last year, the Maryland Million Classic, and the 7-year-old son of Horatius was runner-up in his two most recent stakes appearances, the Hail Emperor and Native Dancer Handicap. Eastern Daydream beat Algar in the Hail Emperor, then had to settle for runner-up as the favorite in his next start, the Broad Brush Stakes. Other notables among the eight entered are Running Copelan, winner of the Broad Brush, Perfect to a Tee and Warrenpeace.
Pub Date: 2/06/99