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BALTIMORE, MD – Multiple stakes winners Carotari and Completed Pass, the latter with a victory at the course and distance, top a field of 13 entered in Saturday’s $100,000 King T. Leatherbury at Pimlico Race Course.
The second running of the Leatherbury for 3-year-olds and up sprinting 5 furlongs on the turf is the finale on an 11-race Spring Stakes Spectacular program featuring 6 stakes worth $650,000 in purses.
William Branch’s Carotari enters the Leatherbury off a second consecutive victory in the 5-furlong Silks Run March 13 at Gulfstream Park. 5 of his 6 career wins have come at 5/8 of a mile, where he has finished third or better in 11 of 14 tries, and he also captured the 5 1/2-furlong Preview Turf Sprint at Ellis Park last summer.
Robert D. Bone’s Completed Pass returns to the turf for his seasonal debut after an off-the-board finish in the 6-furlong Frank Y. Whiteley last November at Laurel Park. The 7-year-old gelding beat Leatherbury rivals So Street and Love You Much in the 5 1/2-furlong Laurel Dash last September and won the 5-furlong Jim McKay Turf Sprint in 2019 at Pimlico for leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez. Completed Pass was beaten a neck over a yielding course in defense of his McKay title last fall.
Runnymoore Racing’s So Street hasn’t raced since finishing second, beaten 2 1/4 lengths by multiple stakes winner Fiya in the Maryland Million Turf Sprint. The 4-year-old gelding has run in 10 consecutive stakes, winning the 5 1/2-furlong Howard County for juveniles in 2019 at Laurel Park.
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Maribeth Sandford and Lynch Racing’s Francatelli won the 5-furlong King Corrie over the Woodbine turf last September to cap a 3-race win streak that included a 9 1/2-length allowance win at Laurel Park. The 4-year-old City Zip gelding is also set to make his season debut after finishing second by a neck in the 7-furlong Concern last November over Laurel’s main track.
Newstome, trained by Mike Trombetta and owned by his wife, Marie, will race for the first time as a gelding in his first start since finishing off the board in the 6-furlong Jersey Shore on the dirt at Monmouth Park last October. Though winless in his only try on turf, the son of Goldencents is 2 for 4 on synthetic, including a 5 1/2-length triumph in the 6-furlong Woodstock last summer at Woodbine.
Fair Catch, Blessed Arion, Love You Much, Robey’s Boy, Williston Way, Grab the Gold, and Dendrobia complete the field.
Whiskey and You is entered for Main Track Only.
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