Trainer Dallas Keen plans to arrive at the Bowie Training Center late today or early tomorrow with three vans, a large trailer and 30 horses from Lone Star Park. He plans to stable in Maryland until the fall, when the Fair Grounds opens.
Keen has raced his two best horses, Valhol and Allen's Oop, at Pimlico. Valhol finished ninth in the 1999 Preakness after attracting unfavorable publicity as the maiden who finished first in the Arkansas Derby under a jockey carrying an illegal electrical device for shocking horses.
"When we raced in Maryland last year," Keen said from Texas, "we were real impressed with the way we were treated. The purses looked good. But really, we mainly liked the people."
NOTES: Laurel Park will hold its sixth annual "Summerfest" from noon to 5 p.m. next Saturday. It includes pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, craft displays, health fair, coloring contests, music, prizes and live entertainment. ...
A 3-year-old from Maryland has perhaps emerged as a player on the national scene. Trained by John J. Tammaro III at Bowie, Thistyranthasclass won the Long Branch Breeders' Cup Handicap last weekend at Monmouth Park. He's being pointed for the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap Aug. 6 at Monmouth against More Than Ready, Commendable and perhaps Red Bullet.