Laurel weekend



Seven 3-year-old fillies are entered for the eighth running of the Lady Dean Stakes without the presence of a standout favorite. Logan's Press Card, the lone state-bred in the field, will receive an additional $25K from the Maryland-bred fund if she wins the $75,000, 7-furlong dash. Logan's Press Card won back-to-back races in Florida last spring before shipping to New York, where she finished deep among the also rans as a longshot in Belmont Park's Grade 1 Acorn Stakes. Her main opposition is likely to come from either Mary's Silver Pen or Mary's Prospects, both of which won minor stakes earlier in this year. Mary's Silver Pen began her 2000 campaign by winning the Marshua Stakes locally.


Maryland breds take to the turf for the 15th running of the Humphrey S. Finney Stakes. The $60,000 affair will be contested at 1 1/8 miles. Like yesterday's Lady Dean, the Finney could be a wide-open affair in the wagering. Only three of the nine entered own a victory on grass while three will be testing the infield for the first time. Lightning Paces is the only stakes winner in the field. The son of Thirty Eight Paces won three added money events, but all were contested over the main track. Best of those with turf experience seems to be Brettdotcom, winner of his lome grass test and runner-up to Lightning Paces in the Honor Guard Stakes at Pimlico. Other entered are Funny Numbers, Lovesmelovesmenot, Val de Val, Smiling Lord, Minstrel's Brush, First Amendment and Centantee.

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