Laurel weekend


Today: By rescheduling the Goss L. Stryker Stakes, Laurel will present two added-money events. The Stryker was postponed and redrawn after snow halted all but one race on last Sunday's program.

Three stakes winners are among nine entered for the 28th running.

The seven-furlong event, carded as the eighth race, is worth $60,000 and limited to 3-year-old Maryland breds.

Smart Guy, fresh off an upset victory in the Deputed Testamony, heads the field. The son of Smarten was urged under the wire 9 1/4 lengths by jockey David Appleby.

Appleby will make a repeat appearance aboard trainer Tim Ritchey's colt.

Pettit's Quest (Rollicking) and Red Star Rose (Maryland Juvenile Championship) are the only other two members of the field with stakes status.

In the 10th race, Algar meets recent nemesis Waited in the $75,000 Sagamore Stakes. In their last three meetings, Waited has finished in front of the 7-year-old gelding each time.

Tomorrow: Even though Merengue has registered three straight stakes victories, she'll share highweight of 121 pounds with Maragold Princess in the Snow Goose Handicap, a $50,000 event run at 1 1/8 miles.

Merengue, owned by Milton P. Higgins III, was a long shot when she won the Grade III Anne Arundel Stakes. Her payoff was trimmed considerably in the Nellie Morris and her Maryland Racing Writers Hanicap score came as the 4-to-5 choice.

Maragold Princess is still seeking her first victory of the year but recently finished second in the Conniver Stakes.

In 1998, however, the daughter of Smarten won the Politely, Caesar's Wish and Maryland Million Oaks.

Others entered are Hot Salsa, Smashing Review, Diggins, Tuzia and Aboard.

Pub Date: 3/20/99

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