stakes winner Bold Affair leads four less accomplished Maryland-bred
fillies and mares into Saturday’s Conniver Stakes. The daughter of Two
Punch captured this race a year ago, the first of five stakes victories
during her 4-year-old campaign.
Affair, the 2-5 morning line favorite, then won the Primonetta, Skipat,
Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, Geisha in 2012 and took the What a
Summer in her 2013 debut. Overall, the Howard Wolfendale trainee is
10-of-17 lifetime, with seven stakes scores, for earnings of $599,540.
Abel Castellano will be aboard for the 11th consecutive race.
looks like a stand out in here,” Castellano said. “I was very happy
about how she won last time out and think the seven-furlong distance is
perfect for her.”
players can link Bold Affair on top of a pair of Larry Murray trained
runners: 2011 Twixt Stakes winner Access to Charlie (6-1) and 2011
Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship runner-up More Than A Cruise (8-1)
or sharp recent claimers Citi Point (12-1) and Calcutta Cat (20-1).
LAUREL PARK TO CELEBRATE LEATHERBURY’S 80TH BIRTHDAY SATURDAY
afternoon will also include an early birthday celebration for legendary
trainer King Leatherbury, who turns 80 on Tuesday, March 26. The
tribute will include a presentation in the winners’ circle after the
third race. Birthday cake will be available for fans after the winner’s
circle ceremony in the Grandstand (in front of Longshots) and in the
Clubhouse (in front of the Horse Wizard). All fans will receive a
has 52 training titles at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course on his
resume, winning 24 of 28 meets at Laurel from 1981 to 1996 and winning
or sharing 26 of 35 meets at Pimlico from 1974 to 1997. He had four
consecutive 300-win campaigns in the mid-1970’s and was the nation’s
leading conditioner in 1977 and 1978. He currently ranks fourth on the
all-time win list with 6,373 career winners, yet is not a member of the
Racing Hall of Fame.
think the individuals involved in placing the names on the Hall of Fame
nomination ballot need to wake up and exam his record,” said Hall of
Fame rider Chris McCarron, who rode for Leatherbury in the mid- 1970’s.
“They don’t even have to dig deep on how incredibly successful this man
has been and what an influence on Maryland racing he has been all these
years. I know emotion doesn’t get you in the Hall of Fame but success
does and he has done it.”
The Maryland native ranks second
in the current Laurel Park winter meet standings, with 15 victories
from 56 starters, after Manito won for the third time this year in
Thursday afternoon’s 8th race.