Laurel: Turf Maintenance Necessitates Adjusting Distance Of Two Stakes Races

Required maintenance of Laurel’s world-class turf course has necessitated adjusting the distances for the first two scheduled grass stakes of the season.

The $100,000 Henry S. Clark for 3-year-olds and up and $100,000 Dahlia for fillies and mares 3 and older will each be contested at 1 1/16 miles. Both stakes were originally scheduled for one mile.

Topping the Saturday, April 17 stakes program are the $125,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds and $125,000 Weber City Miss for 3-year-old fillies. Once again, the Tesio will serve as a ‘Win and In’ qualifier for Triple Crown-nominated horses to the 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) May 15 at Pimlico Race Course, and the Weber City is a ‘Win and In’ event for the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on Preakness weekend.

Also on the April 17 card are the $100,000 Frank Y. Whiteley for 3-year-olds and up sprinting seven furlongs and $100,000 King T. Leatherbury, 5 ½-furlong turf dash for 3-year-olds and up.

Nominations for all seven stakes close Saturday, April 3.

Notes: Trainer Claudio Gonzalez and jockey Angel Cruz teamed up for a pair of wins Sunday with Start the Parade ($4.40) in Race 4 and Tayler’s Chrome ($18.60) in Race 7. Jockeys Sheldon Russell and five-pound apprentice Charlie Marquez both rode back-to-back winners, Marquez with Bahama Channel (5.60) in Race 2 and Bean Indiscreet ($3.60) in Race 3 and Russell with Princess Corey ($3.20) in Race 5 and King Mauro ($9) in Race 6. Both Bahama Channel and Princess Corey are trained by Brittany Russell … There will be a carryover jackpot of $10,762 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 (Races 3-8) when live racing returns Friday, March 12. Multiple tickets with all six winners Sunday were each worth $119.04.

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