In our preview for Laurel Park’s Thanksgiving Day card, we raised four questions the day figured to answer. The answers:
QUESTION: Can Jamie Ness get win number 2,000 of his career?
ANSWER: Yes. After his Pelican Cove got nipped at the wire in the first, Ness came right back in the second. His Caylee’s Song took the $6,250 claimer as the even-money favorite. Appropriately enough, since Ness has made his mark primarily in the claiming ranks, Caylee’s Song was claimed out of the race, by Claudio Gonzalez.
QUESTION: Will we see anything exciting in the 7th, a maiden special weight for two year-olds?
ANSWER: Could be. Chad Brown trainee Lawmaker, a Malibu Moon colt, rallied smartly to win the one-mile test by one length in 1:38 4/5. The race marked his career debut. Favored Thunder Basin — another firster, trained by Anthony Dutrow — finished fifth.
QUESTION: Will someone relieve Rudy Rodriguez of Maryland-bred Regal Warrior?
ANSWER: Yes (happily). The six year-old Maryland-bred won the nickel claiming event by a head at odds of 1.90-1. Trainer Michael Trombetta dropped the claim slip on him for the horse’s breeders, Morris Stable LLC.
QUESTION: Apple or Pumpkin?
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