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  • Geisha S. (LRL) – Access to Charlie, trainer Larry Murray, owner Howard M. Bender, bred in Maryland by Sondra Bender and Howard Bender
  • Safely Kept S. (LRL) – Lady Sabelia, trainer Robin Graham, owner Mrs. Frank P. Wright
  • Japan Racing Association S. (LRL) – Slip and Drive, trainer McLean Robertson, owner Jer-Mar Stable LLC, bred in Maryland by John Crane and Margaret Crane
  • City of Laurel S. (LRL) – Res Judicata, trainer John Servis, owner Someday Farm, bred in Pennsylvania by Patricia Chapman
  • My Sister Pearl S. (CT) – Red Hot Diva, trainer Ollie Figgins, III, owner Naomi Long, bred in West Virginia by Naomi Long
  • Tri-State Futurity (CT) – Amherst Street, trainer Javier Contreras, owner Phyllis M. Susini LLC, bred in West Virginia by James W. Casey

It’s our weekly LookBack, where we check in to see how some of last week’s stories played out…

  • In our Handicap for the Heroes tournament, Dan Tordjman was on fire for much of the day and surged to a pretty easy victory.  He totaled $90.60, followed by Lynn Horvath and Lou Flieger.  Congrats to our top finishers, and thanks to all for supporting a great cause!
  • It was a big day for bettors at Laurel, as upsets were the order of the day.  Only one favorite came in during the all-stakes Pick 4 — 9-5 Access to Charlie — in a sequence that included two 7-1 winners and a 22-1 winner.  That led to a $2 Pick 4 payout of more than $24,500!  In the featured City of Laurel Stakes, Pennsylvania-bred Res Judicata blitzed a good field — one that included three graded victors — by more than four lengths while stopping the clock in 1:23 flat for seven furlongs.
  • Undefeated Amherst Street ran his record to four-for-four in Charles Town’s Tri State Futurity on Saturday evening, but it wasn’t easy.  Hard-sent longshot Here Comes Allen dogged the speedy Luftikus gelding for about a half mile, and when he tired, second fave Comeonletsplay moved up to challenge.  But in the end, Amherst Street had too much for his rivals, holding off Comeonletsplay by a length, with those two well clear of the rest.
  • Interesting week for trainer Ollie Figgins, III.  A week ago, he was at Santa Anita Park watching his star trainee, Dance to Bristol, run sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (here).  On Saturday, he was at Charles Town, watching his Red Hot Diva post a narrow victory in the My Sister Pearl Stakes for West Virginia-breds.
  • Coming this week… Did a new star emerge at Laurel?  What next for the Virginia Breeders Fund?  A sharp eye in West Virginia… and lots more!

(Featured image, of Eighttofasttocatch winning the Maryland Million Classic, by Laurie Asseo.)

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