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Sunday Last Live Program Until Christmastide Stakes Day Dec. 26
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LAUREL, Md. – Mopo Racing’s Alwaysinahurry, exiting a 1 ½-length victory in the Nov. 25 Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial against Maryland-bred/sired horses, returns to open company in Sunday’s feature at Laurel Park.
Laurel wraps up the penultimate weekend of its calendar year-ending fall stand with a live nine-race program starting at 12:25 p.m.
Sunday’s Race 7 is an allowance for 3-year-olds and up sprinting seven furlongs on the main track led by Alwaysinahurry, the 5-2 program favorite in a field of eight. Angel Cruz is named to ride for trainer Dale Capuano.
The Bender, also at seven furlongs, was the second career stakes win for Alwaysinahurry following the six-furlong Concern last July. He also ran second in the 2021 Star de Naskra and third in the Oct. 22 Maryland Million Sprint.
Second on the morning line at 3-1 is Yodel E. A. Who, second in Laurel’s six-furlong Challedon Oct. 1 and most recently fourth in the 6 ½-furlong Let’s Give Thanks Nov. 23 at Parx. Dollarization (4-1) captured the Aug. 19 Fabulous Strike at Penn National and was fifth in the Let’s Give Thanks.
Maryland Million Sprint winner Air Token (6-1); 2020 Say Florida Sandy winner Arthur’s Hope (20-1); Going to the Lead, third in each of his last three starts including the Bender; and Fast Bob are also entered.
Race 8 Sunday is a third-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up sprinting 5 ½ furlongs led by HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing’s Prodigy Doll, winner of 2021 Cheryl White Memorial at Mahoning Valley making her first start since running fifth in the June 12 Susquehanna Valley at Penn National. R. Larry Johnson’s Maryland homebred Hollywood Walk was third in the six-furlong Politely Nov. 25 at Laurel.
Following Sunday’s program, live racing returns to Laurel Monday, Dec. 26 with six $100,000 stakes – the Heft for 2-year-olds and Gin Talking for 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/8-mile Carousel and 6 ½-furlong Willa On the Move for fillies and mares 3 and up, and 1 1/16-mile Robert T. Manfuso and six-furlong Dave’s Friend for 3-year-olds and up.
Jockey Jaime Rodriguez and trainer Jamie Ness teamed up for back-to-back winners Saturday with Sevier ($7.80) in Race 6 and Chickieness ($2.60) in Race 7 …
Bred, trained and co-owned by Ness, Chickieness won the Maryland Million Lassie three starts prior at Laurel …
2-year-old Mineshaft colt B West, a 12-length maiden winner racing first off the claim for The Elkstone Group and trainer Mike Trombetta, registered his second straight victory in Race 2 Friday, an optional claiming allowance going one mile. The winning time was 1:39.82 over a main track rated good …
Zabracadabra ($8) rolled past pacesetting Monday Morning Qb and fellow stakes winners Vance Scholars and Local Motive to win Race 8, an optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up, in 1:36.38 for one mile.