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Four Stakes Winners Entered In Wide Country Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 03-02-12---Millionreasonswhy is one of four stakes winners entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Wide Country Stakes. The race for 3-year-old fillies goes 7-furlongs on Laurel Park’s main track.
Millionreasonswhy, the 8-5 morning line favorite, won the G2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park and was runner-up to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner My Miss Aurelia in the Adirondack at Saratoga last summer. The daughter of Grand Slam has not raced since that start but posted two blistering workouts at Laurel last month as preparation for her 2012 debut. Horacio Karamanos rides for Ignacio Correas IV.
“She is doing great,” Correas said. “Each work was better than the previous one. I think we have a lot to prove but I am happy with her. The original plan was to get her to the (Kentucky) Oaks or Black-Eyed Susan. I am expecting her to run big tomorrow in her comeback. That doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll win but I want to see her stretching out for what we hope is a big campaign.”
Dance to Bristol (5-2) will also draw attention after a rousing, 5-3/4 length victory in Laurel’s Marshua Stakes last time out. Ridden by Elias Peltroche for trainer Ollie Figgins III, the Speightstown filly has three wins and three seconds in seven starts, two of which were at Laurel.
Plum (8-1) captured the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship to end last year but finished last in the Busher Stakes at Aqueduct to begin 2012. No rider is named to the Rodney Jenkins trainee.
Dancing Anna won the Ms. Shenandoah at Charles Town last fall. She chased Dance to Bristol in her last start for trainer Jerry Robb. Wesley Ho remains her rider. The daughter of Cuvee is 15-1 on the morning line.
Dane Kobiskie has won four times with Doe (6-1) in fourteen starts. She also finished second in the Charles Town Juvenile against colts and geldings. Doe has won her past two starts, both under Malcolm Franklin, who keeps the mount. Kobiskie leads the Laurel Park winter standings with 26 winners from 57 starters, a 45.6% rate.
Love Contract (10-1), Double the Energy (10-1), Spring Flower (12-1) and Officer’s Holiday (30-1) complete the line-up.