Cordmaker set for Friday return

The return of fan favorite Cordmaker, advance wagering on Saturday’s entire Breeders’ Cup program from Keeneland, and a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover approaching $17,0000 will be on tap when live racing returns to Laurel Park Friday, Nov. 4.

This is the first of three consecutive Friday through Monday weekends at Laurel. First race post time is 12:15 p.m.

Hillwood Stable’s 7-year-old Cordmaker, unraced since becoming a graded-stakes winner in the Feb. 19 General George (G3) at Laurel, is entered to launch his comeback in Friday’s featured Race 8, a one-mile optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

Trained by Rodney Jenkins, the gelded Maryland-bred son of two-time Horse of the Year and 2014 Hall of Famer Curlin was entered in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Oct. 22 but did not draw into the field. Cordmaker has won four straight races to bring his total to 14 wins, 10 in stakes, and $989,640 in purse earnings from 36 career starts.

Richard Monterrey, subbing for injured regular rider Victor Carrasco, gets the call from Post 7 in a field of nine as the 7-5 program favorite.

Also entered are The Poser, third in the Maryland Million Classic for a second straight year; multiple stakes winner Local Motive, 0-for-4 since taking the one-mile Miracle Wood Feb. 19 at Laurel; multiple stakes-placed Plot the Dots, racing first off the claim for trainer Norman ‘Lynn’ Cash; American d’Oro, a 9 ¼-length winner last out going 1 1/8 miles Oct. 13 at Laurel; Famished, most recently fourth in Laurel’s Oct. 1 Challedon; Treasure Trove and the entry of Benandjoe and Excellorator.

One race earlier is an open allowance for 3-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the Bowl Game turf course led by narrow 3-1 morning-line favorite Crisper, third two starts back behind four-time stakes winner Buy Land and See in the Alphabet Soup Handicap at Parx, and including Beltway Bob, 12-1 upset winner of the Maryland Million Turf Starter Handicap.

Both races are part of the sequence for the Rainbow 6 (Races 4-9), where the jackpot carryover reached $16,775.39 after going unsolved on the last live program Sunday.