Laurel weekend


Today: Federico Tesio winner Runspastum makes his debut on turf against seven other 3-year-olds in the third running of the Awad Stakes. The $50,000 event will be contested at 1 1/8 miles. Other than Runspastum, only two other stakes winners are entered. Icarian won the Herat here in February, and Chancellor M.H. closed his 1999 campaign by winning Colonial Downs' Chenery Stakes. Chancellor M.H., winless this year, is the field's lone stakes winner over grass. Runspastum's chief opposition is likely to come from another untested grasser, Inner Harbour. The 3-year-old son of Capote challenged stakers three times and wound up the show finisher in each event. The field includes Highgain, Dawn of the Condor, First Amendment and Ivars Big Peaceful.

Tomorrow: Fillies and mares that have never won a stakes race are highlighted in the 14th running of the Marlboro Stakes. Inn Between, a 4-year-old filly trained by Gene Weymouth, is the likely choice for the $50,000 race on the main track at 1 1/8 miles. The daughter of Quiet American has been the show finisher every time she has been entered at the stakes level. A serious challenge is expected from Broomesse, a John Stefano- trained mare that has enjoyed success at the allowance level in New York. The field's only two last-time winners are Cello, which recently won back-to-back allowance races at Delaware Park, and Sheldon's Jet, a daughter of Gold Meridian sporting a 2-for-4 record this year. Rounding out the field of 10 are Caramel Custard, Here's Gold, Prized Stamp, Our Inspiration, April in Calgary and Roby.

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