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Wide Open Squan Song Stakes Tops Saturday's Card
LAUREL, MD. 11-11-11---Rosalee Davison’s Art of the Hunt is the 5-2 morning line favorite to win Saturday’s $60,000 Squan Song Stakes at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong test drew 10 Maryland-bred fillies and mares who have never won a stakes race.
Frannie Campitelli trains the daughter of Lion Hearted, a winner of three of 11 starts. Her last two efforts last month resulted in a fourth place finish in the Maryland Million Oaks and a late closing, runner-up finish in the Twixt Stakes three weeks ago. No rider has been named on the 3-year-old filly.
Lily Quatorze (4-1), who is plagued by troubled starts, is winless since scoring back-to-back victories at Laurel in late December and early January. The daughter of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze prepped for this race with a bullet half-mile work (47 seconds) last Saturday for trainer Taryn Tagg. Mario Pino, who is tied with Eddie Delahoussaye for 13th on the all-time win list with 6,384 winners, will ride the 4-year-old for the first time.
Profit (5-1) finished third in the Jameela Stakes in September. The Not For Love mare is the only horse to win at the distance. J.D. Acosta is scheduled to ride for trainer Mark Shuman.
Jockey Forest Boyce and her agent Jay Burtis picked Side by Side (6-1) over Art of the Hunt, who is conditioner by Boyce’s top client, Dickie Small. Side by Side, a daughter of Include, has finished on the board in seven of 11 career races. Small has won the Squan Song three times since 2004.
“She is doing fine and I think this is a perfect distance for her,” Small said. “She has had a nice year and I am looking forward to the race. I think we have a good shot.”
Completing the field are Gilhooly’s Super (6-1), On Board Charade (10-1), Grandiloquent (12-1), Campaign Vows (12-1), Terra Rolla (15-1) and Triple Pick (20-1).