Spartianos Sprints to Laurel Feature Win Saturday

Spartianos Sprints to Laurel Feature Win Saturday

Rainbow 6 Carryover Swells to $20,494 Carryover for Sunday

Super Hi-5 Carryover of $1,042 for Sunday Opener

Brunch, Kids Zone Highlight Weekly Sunday Funday


LAUREL, MD – Nick Sanna Stables LLC and Two Legends Farm’s Spartianos picked up his first win of the year in his return to Laurel Park, sprinting to a front-running victory in Saturday’s featured eighth race.


Taking advantage of his quick early foot, the 4-year-old gelding broke running from the far outside of an eight-horse field and went straight to the lead under jockey Jevian Toledo. With 8-5 favorite Grey Fox stalking in second, Spartianos hugged the rail through a quarter-mile in 22.90 seconds and a half in 45.48.


Toledo and Spartianos were still in front turning for home, dismissing a brief challenge at the top of the stretch from Grey Fox and pulling away to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:03.76 for 5 ½ furlongs over a 'good' Kelso Turf Courset


The $42,000 entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up was the first victory for the Michael Pino-trained Spartianos ($11.80) since beating fellow Pennsylvania-breds in the slop at Penn National Dec. 17. He now has two wins, a second and a third from five career starts at Laurel.


“I just followed instructions. The trainer called me early and said he didn’t see much speed in the race so try to break and go, and I said OK,” Toledo said. “I just went and he relaxed really nice. I was waiting and waiting, and when I asked him, he responded very well and gave me everything he had.”


Joseph rallied late down the center of the track to pass Grey Fox near the wire for second, with Miners Quest fourth.


Rainbow 6 Carryover Swells to $20,494 for Sunday


The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 16th consecutive live program on Saturday, swelling the carryover jackpot to $20,494.65 for Sunday’s nine-race program.


First race post time is 1:25 p.m.


No horses were live in Saturday’s finale to take down the jackpot in the Rainbow 6, which saw $7,597 wagered into the pool to go along with a carryover of $18,063.45 from Friday. Multiple tickets with five of six winners returned $280.52.


The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 60 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 40 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.



Sunday’s Rainbow 6 covers Races 4-9 and is kicked off by a $40,000 maiden event for 2-year-old fillies going one mile on the Kelso Turf Course, which drew a field of 12, including main-track-only entrant Woundwithhereyes. Ken Lowe Jr.’s Maryland homebred She’slikethewind is the 7-5 program favorite over JAT Stables’ Colby Cakes, a $350,000 yearling purchase at Saratoga last summer. Both are making their second career starts.



A carryover of $1,042.51 will be available in the Super Hi-5 for Sunday’s opener.



Every Sunday during its 24-day summer meet Laurel serves up brunch as well as a Kids Zone with pony rides, crafts, a petting zoo and guest speaker. Brunch is $22 for adults, $11 for kids under 12 and free for children under 6, with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys available for another $12.




Notes: Jockey Jevian Toledo passed Victor Carrasco for the summer meet lead with 20 victories thanks to a riding triple with Indian Bucks ($7.20) in the first race, Tango Delta ($8.20) in the seventh and Spartianos ($11.80) in the eighth. Yomar Ortiz posted back-to-back winners aboard Two Punch Too ($16.20) in the fifth and Star Black ($33.40) in the sixth.