Trainer Linda Gaudet has a 40 percent chance of winning the $100,000
John B. Campbell Handicap, the co-feature Saturday afternoon at Laurel
Park. The 1 1/8 mile test for older runners is race six on the card
headlined by the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2).
Account, who finished first or second in seven of 10 starts since being
claimed by Jamie Ness a year ago, is the 3-5 morning line favorite. The
son of Malibu Moon won a pair of stakes races last fall and ran a
career-best 94 Beyer speed figure in a third place finish in the Native
Dancer Stakes here January 25.
Gaudet will counter with Wild Louis (3-1) and defending champion Concealed Identity (15-1).
Louis has hit the board in 10-of-14 starts since being claimed by
Gaudet in December 2012, including a runner-up finish in the Maryland
Million Classic and a solid third in the Jennings Handicap behind
Eighttofasttocatch last fall.
is a very consistent horse who is easy to train,” Gaudet said. “He is a
nice horse. He eats, he trains and is just good to be around. If we had
50 of him, we would be really happy.”
Identity won six times in his first 14 races, including three stakes
but the son of Smarty Jones has visited the winners’ circle just once in
his last 20 starts, a victory in the 2013 Campbell at odds of 7-1.
were looking for an easier spot for him but this race didn’t come up
tough,” added Gaudet. “He likes the distance and has been training great
since his last start (January 25). He has two bullet works and he
couldn’t be coming into the race any better.”
Two horses looking for their first stakes wins, Mercenary (6-1) and Behemoth (6-1), round out the field.