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LAUREL, MD – Michael Dubb & Bethlehem Stables’ Maythehorsebwithu‘s impressive victory in the $100,000 Miracle Wood kicked off Saturday’s exciting stakes action at Laurel Park that proved well worth the wait after freezing rain and ice forced the entire card to be delayed a week.
In the 1-mile Miracle Wood for 3-year-olds, the trainer-wife and jockey-husband duo of Brittany and Sheldon Russell teamed up to put Maythehorsebwithu across the wire for the first time in a stakes. The Pennsylvania-bred Bullsbay gelding’s record now stands at 7-3-3-0 with $156,215 earned.
Tiz Mandate, Kenny Had a Notion, Subsidize, and Newyearsblockparty completed the order of finish. Silent Service and The King Cheek were scratched.
Maythehorsebwithu returned $5.80 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.40 to show. Tiz Mandate brought back $4.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Kenny Had a Notion paid $2.20 to show.
In the 1 1/16-mile $100,000 John B. Campbell for older horses, the 8/5 favorite Bankit rallied from next-to-last in the field of eight to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Galerio and Cordmaker.
Deal Driven, Forewarned, Dixie Drawl, Zabracadabra, and Awesome D J completed the order of finish.
Jockey Sheldon Russell was aboard the Steve Asmussen-trained New York-bred 5-year-old son of Central Banker who’s co-owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing.
Bankit returned $5.40 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.80 to show. Galerio brought back $6.60 to place and $4.60 to show. Cordmaker paid $3 to show.
In the 1 1/16-mile $100,000 Nellie Morse for older fillies and mares, the 4/5 heavy favorite Lucky Stride was a 1 1/4-length victor after an early stalking trip. Landing Zone and Artful Splatter took second and third behind her.
Lucky Move, Daphne Moon, Flashndynamite, Wicked Awesome, and Pat’s No Fool completed the order of finish. Dreamer’s Moon and Gagetown were scratched.
Winning jockey Julian Pimentel was in the saddle for Mike Trombetta, who trains the 5-year-old Declaration of War mare for Sonata Stable.
Lucky Stride returned $3.80 to win, $3 to place, and $2.40 to show. Landing Zone brought back $4.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Artful Splatter paid $9.20 to show.
In the 7-furlong $100,000 Wide Country for 3-year-old fillies, the even-money favorite Street Lute extended her win streak to 5 under Xavier Perez, who continues riding the Maryland-bred daughter of Street Magician for trainer John Robb and owner Lucky 7 Stables.
Second went to Fraudulent Charge by 1 3/4 lengths over Salt Plage. Buckey’s Charm, Lady Clau, Miss Leslie, Whiskey and Rye, Little Huntress, and My My Girl completed the order of finish.
Street Lute returned $4 to win, $2.80 to place, and $2.20 to show. Fraudulent Charge brought back $4.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Salt Plage paid to $2.80 show.
In the 7-furlong $250,000 Runhappy Barbara Fritchie (G3) for older fillies and mares, Horacio Karamanos piloted Hibiscus Punch to a 41/1 upset with a strong 2 1/2-length score. Justin Nixon trains the 6-year-old Ed Seltzer and Beverly Anderson homebred daughter of Into Mischief.
Estilo Talentoso, Club Car, Needs Supervision, the 2/5 favorite Hello Beautiful, Sharp Starr, Dontletsweetfoolya, and Suggestive Honor completed the order of finish.
Hibiscus Punch returned $85.60 to win, $24.20 to place, and $11 to show. Estilo Talentoso brought back $14.40 to place and $8.20 to show. Club Car paid $5.80 to show.
In the 7-furlong $250,000 General George Stakes (G3), Share the Ride earned his third stakes score with Victor Carrasco in the irons for Miguel Penaloza, who trains the 6-year-old Candy Ride gelding for Silvino Ramirez.
Tattooed, Laki, Lebda, Arthur’s Hope, Informative, Chilly in Charge, Majestic Dunhill, and the 2/1 favorite Funny Guy completed the order of finish. Fortunate Friends was scratched.
Share the Ride returned $10.80 to win, $5.20 to place, and $3.40 to show. Tattooed brought back $15.80 to place and $7.20 to show. Laki paid $3.80 to show.
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