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Pimlico weekend



Balancethebudget, a New York-based runner who has had some success at Pimlico, is the likely favorite in the seventh running of the Fire Plug Stakes.

The six-furlong sprint, worth $75,000-added, has a field of six.

Balancethebudget is 3-for-4 at Aqueduct this year. He was second in the Havre de Grace Stakes here last May, but is winless in local stakes competition.

Travis Dunkleberger, who has become a regular on the Maryland circuit, will handle the 7-year-old for trainer Richard Schosberg.

Out-of-towners are also the likely second and third choices.

Sweep Well, Philadelphia Park-based, but New York-raced, ships in for another chance at a state purse. His appearance in the Endless Surprise Stakes at Laurel earned him show money.

Wicklow Highlands, who left Gulfstream Park with a victory over allowance runners, is also in the field.


The $40,000-added In The Curl Stakes has attracted eight capable fillies and mares for its second running. None of those entered for the 5-furlong dash have ever won a sweepstakes.

Princess Franny, who compiled a four-race winning streak at Laurel, may wind up a slight choice in the betting. Her streak ended in her initial outing at Pimlico when she finished second in the Sham Say Stakes.

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