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  1. Yesterday’s Saint Patrick’s Day Starter Handicap — which continued an odd sort of Charles Town tradition of naming races for a day on which they are not run — turned into an exciting dash to the wire.  Count on Lou was the 1.10-1 favorite, and 2.90-1 Termsofengagement the slowest out of the gate, but by the time they hit the head of the lane, they were on even terms.  Count on Lou seemed to get the advantage in mid-stretch, but Termsofengagement, under rider Antonio Lopez, stuck a nose in front on the wire.
  2. Rider Clifford Dooley and trainer Jamie Stokes teamed up to win two at Charles Town yesterday, both favorites.  They struck with Nayeer (3-2) in the third and No Comprende (9-5) in the sixth.
  3. Busy day at the Parx Racing claimbox yesterday.  Nine horses were claimed on the nine-race card, with Scott Lake the only one to take more than one; he took two.
  4. Miss Preakness winner I’m Mom’s Favorite returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since that May triumph, winning a third-level allowance at Parx.  Under John Bisono, she grabbed the early lead and powered to a two length win.  Trained by Robert Reid, she now has four wins from nine starts and earnings of over $175,000.  Favored Rebecca’s Surprise saw her four-race winning streak snapped.
  5. Saturday’s $100,000 Harrison Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel has drawn 29 nominations, among them last year’s Private Terms winner Mr Palmer (who is cross-entered in a stake at Aqueduct) and this year’s upset General George winner, Bandbox.  The Conniver, for Maryland-bred fillies and mares, has attracted 11 nominations.

(Featured image by Laurie Asseo.)