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Two Grade 3s Headline Laurel Park Stakes Action

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Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Stakes action at Laurel Park commences as early as 1:23pm ET, but you can also tune in at 3:23pm ET right when the graded stakes start.


The first is on Race 7: The $250K Runhappy Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G3) at 3:23pm ET 


This is a seven furlong dash on the dirt, for fillies and mares of four years and up. It's the 69th running of the event. Eight horses have been entered in the race, with favoritism probably going to local star, HELLO BEAUTIFUL from the Brittany Russell barn. 


She's won her last three starts, all on the Laurel surface, averaging a 103 Equibase Figure from those three efforts. Last year's edition required a 98 Equibase Figure to earn the victory. She will be tough to beat. But she'll have to overcome DONTLETSWEETFOOLYA, who also comes in with an impressive resume for trainer Lacey Gaudet. A five-race win streak with four of those wins at Laurel Park as well. 


Win records are being put on the line, you don't want to miss it.


Rounding out the field is: SHARP STARR, CLUB CAR, ESTILO TALENTOSO, SUGGESTIVE HONOR, HIBISCUS PUNCH, and NEEDS SUPERVISION.


The second graded event is Race 8: The $250K General's Stakes (G3) at 3:53pm ET


A field of ten horses, four years and up, will run seven furlongs on the main track. Carrying the highest weight of the group, two pounds over the rest of the field, is LAKI from the one hole. He will likely attract favoritism. He races for trainer Damon Dilodovico; holds the edge over his nine foes by virtue of figures. He hasn't won since last October where he took down the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash-G3, earning a 111 Equibase Figure, but he sure loves Laurel Park — he earned a monster 121 Equibase Figure over this surface in 2019. 


But watch out for FUNNY GUY for trainer Sheldon Russell. The son of BIG BROWN will race at Laurel Park for the first time, but enters off two solid efforts at Aqueduct Park. He won the New York Stallion two back, and placed in the Say Florida Sandy most recently— both at seven furlongs. 


Rounding out the field is: LEBDA, MAJESTIC DUNHILL, FORTUNATE FRIENDS, SHARE THE RIDE, INFORMATIVE, ARTHUR'S HOPE, CHILLY IN CHARGE, and TATTOOED.


As for the rest of the stakes card, there's $500K combined up for grabs.


$100K Miracle Wood Stakes — Race 3, 1:23pm ET


$100K John B. Campbell Stakes — Race 4, 1:53pm ET


$100K Nellie Morse Stakes — Race 5, 2:23pm ET


$100K Wide Country Stakes — Race 6, 2:53pm ET


 

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