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Nominations Announced For Next Weekend's Winter Sprintfest
LAUREL, MD. 02-07-14---Nominations for the four stakes races which highlight the President’s day holiday weekend at Laurel Park were released by the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing office.
Winter SprintFest is headlined by two graded, seven furlong contests - the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) for fillies and mares on Saturday, February 15 and the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, February 17.
The Saturday card also includes the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap and Monday’s program will feature the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes.
Twenty-eight runners were named to the Barbara Fritchie, including Winning Image, who won her seventh stakes race two weeks ago in the What A Summer Stakes. Maryland Jockey Club stakes coordinator Coley Blind expects Linda Rice to enter La Verdad, a winner of five straight in New York.
The General George attracted thirty runners, including Maryland Million Sprint winner Ribo Bobo, defending champion Javerre and the top four finishers from last month’s Fire Plug Stakes: Broad Rule, Service for Ten, Warrioroftheroses and Well Spelled.
The Campbell, for 3-year-olds and up, drew twenty-two nominees, while the Maryland Racing Media, for fillies and mares, drew seventeen nominees.
The Saturday festivities will include over $2,500 in prize giveaways frozen inside an ice carving and a complimentary Laurel Park canvas tote bag to the first 3,000 fans.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.