Seven Stakes Set for Saturday’s Fall Festival of Racing
The Fall Festival of Racing is set for Saturday, Nov. 19 at Laurel Park, and seven stakes races worth $825,000 highlight the 11-race card.
The $100,000 Smart Halo gets the stakes started in race 2 with 9 two-year-olds sprinting 6 furlongs.
Race 5 features Multiple Grade 3 winner Tommy Macho, Canadian Classic winner Ami’s Holiday and 2013 Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Golden Soul among a solid cast of 14 entered to run in a competitive edition of the $100,000 Richard W. Small Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.
In race 4, a total of 11 two-year-olds will sprint 6 furlongs in the $100,000 James F. Lewis III Stakes.
The $100,000 Safety Kept Stakes is race 6 with 14 three-year-old fillies striding 7 furlongs. Following that is the $100,000 City of Laurel Stakes with 14 three-year-olds entered for the 7 furlong race.
The headliner of the Fall Festival of Racing is the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3). Currently nine are entered for the 6 furlong sprint in race 9. New York-based Stallwalkin’ Dude and Weekend Hideaway are not yet definite for the race.
The $75,000 Geisha Stakes for fillies and mares is the final race on the 11-race card with a total of 12 entered to run 1 mile on the dirt. Stakes winners Lovable Lady and Chapel of Chimes, who each lost for the first time in four races last time out, will look to get back to winning form.
Post time for the Fall Festival of Racing, which also includes four races over Laurel’s world-class turf course, is noon EST. A total of 142 horses were entered on the day, an average of 12.9 starters per race.