Five Stakes Worth $450,000 in Purses Friday & Saturday, Nov. 26-27
LAUREL, MD – Graded-stakes winners Laki, Pickin’ Time, Informative and Magic Michael; fellow multiple stakes winners Cordmaker, Hello Beautiful, Kenny Had a Notion, Street Lute and Whereshetoldmetogo; and undefeated 3-year-old filly Moquist are among 114 horses nominated to five stakes worth $450,000 in purses over Thanksgiving weekend at Laurel Park.
Stakes action begins Friday, Nov. 26 with a pair of $75,000 events for Maryland-bred/sired horses, the seven-furlong Howard and Sondra Bender Memorial for 3-year-olds and six-furlong Politely for fillies and mares 3 and up.
Hillside Equestrian Meadows’ 8-year-old Laki, unraced since finishing sixth Sept. 18 in defense of his 2020 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) victory at Laurel but a winner of at least one stakes races five straight years, is one of 25 nominees to the Bender. Madaket Stables, Ten Strike Racing, Michael Kisber and BTR Racing’s Whereshetoldmetogo owns 12 career wins, nine in stakes, is Grade 2 placed and five-for-seven lifetime at Laurel.
Other prominent Bender nominees are Oct. 23 Maryland Million Sprint winner Air Token and multiple stakes winners Double Crown, twice graded-stakes placed, Alwaysmining, Galerio, 14-time career winner Penguin Power and 3-year-old filly Street Lute.
Lucky 7 Stables’ Street Lute is among 19 nominees to the Politely. The daughter of Street Magician has won nine of 15 lifetime starts with eight of those victories in stakes. Most recently, she ran third in the Oct. 23 Maryland Million Distaff behind Madaket Stables, Albert Frassetto, Mark Parkinson, K-Mac Stables and Magic City Stables’ Hello Beautiful, also nominated.
Purchased by trainer Brittany Russell for just $6,500 in December 2018, 4-year-old Hello Beautiful is 10-for-18 in her career and nine-for-13 at Laurel with $582,570 in purse earnings and eight stakes wins, including three in a row. She made history in the Distaff as one of just eight horses with three career Maryland Million victories.
Saturday, Nov. 27 will feature three $100,000 stakes – the City of Laurel for 3-year-olds and Safely Kept for 3-year-old fillies, both sprinting seven furlongs, and the 1 1/8-mile Richard W. Small for 3-year-olds and up.
Roseland Farm Stable’s 2020 Nashua (G3) winner Pickin’ Time is among 25 nominees to the City of Laurel. The Stay Thirsty colt was second behind Jackie’s Warrior in the Gallant Bob (G2) Sept. 25 and most recently fifth to fellow City of Laurel nominee He’smyhoneybadger in the Oct. 23 Perryville at Keeneland.
Louis Ulman and Neil Glasser’s Kenny Had a Notion, a stakes winner on turf and dirt that snapped a seven-race losing streak Nov. 11 at Laurel, is nominated to both the City of Laurel and Bender. Other City of Laurel nominees include stakes winners Beren, Everett’s Song, Maythehorsebwithu, Mohs, Officiating, The King Cheek and Waist Deep, and graded-stakes placed Momos and Riden With Biden.
Mopo Racing’s Moquist tops 22 horses nominated to the Safely Kept. The daughter of Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and 2-year-old male champion Nyquist is 4-0 lifetime, all this year, with the last three of her wins coming at Laurel. A winner by 13 ¼ combined lengths, Moquist will be facing her own age group for the first time in the Safely Kept.
Also nominated are Li’l Tootsie, third last out in the Prioress (G2) Sept. 4 at Saratoga; stakes winners Lovely Ride, Malibu Beauty, Prodigy Doll and Street Lute; Fraudulent Charge, who has four seconds, three in stakes, from six starts; and Oct. 23 Maryland Million Ladies runner-up Maldives Model.
The Small attracted 23 nominations including Trin-Brook Stables, Inc.’s Informative, winner of the June 12 Salvator Mile (G3) at Monmouth Park; Sept. 25 Greenwood Cup (G3) winner Magic Michael; multiple stakes winner Cordmaker, third in the 2019 and 2020 Pimlico Special (G3); 2019 Woodward (G1) runner-up Bal Harbour; and 7-year-old gelding Bobby G, who has earned 13 of his 15 career wins at Laurel.
Laurel will host its traditional Thanksgiving Day program Thursday, Nov. 25, featuring the return of the popular family-sized pie giveaway with purchase of a racing program, while supplies last.
Laurel Park Press Release
Photo: Hello Beautiful ( Maryland Jockey Club Photo)