Thursday, April 02, 2009


LAUREL, MD. 04-02-09---Pure speed, stalkers and closers meet in Saturday’s six furlong, $50,000 Primonetta Stakes at Laurel Park. Nine fillies and mares are expected to face the starter, including five stakes winners.

Access Fee, the 2-1 morning line favorite, belongs in the speed camp. A winner of four of five starts at Laurel including the What A Summer Stakes on January 10, Access Fee dueled for the lead before finishing sixth in the Grade II Barbara Fritchie six weeks ago. She’s had time to regroup for trainer Larry Murray, with three morning drills including two bullet works. Luis Garcia, who will ride her for the first time, was aboard the March 20 drill when the pair went a half-mile in 46 seconds.

“I wanted Luis to get a feel for her and she is very deceptive but she survived the fast work,” Murray said. “We like the way Luis rides and hope things go well.”

Mario Pino will take his first ride aboard Cammy’s Choice (7-2), an Edward Lehman trained runner from Philadelphia Park. The 5-year-old New York-bred won the Cornucopia Stakes at home, then finished second in the Soft Morning Stakes and third in the Broadway Stakes, both at Aqueduct. The daughter of Take Me Out worked a bullet on March 23 in anticipation of this start.

Multiple stakes winner All Giving (9-2), who often races close up under a rating hold, was steadied and just missed in the Conniver Stakes here on March 14. Prior to that she finished a wide second behind Access Fee in the What A Summer. Jonathan Joyce is her regular pilot for conditioner Flint Stites.

Jet Away Jane (5-1) won four stakes last year for trainer Tom Miller, who is based at Philadelphia Park. She shipped to Laurel on March 12 and finished a strong second against optional/claiming company as a prep for this race. Angel Rodriguez retains the mount.

Claimed for $32,000 at Turfway Park, Fancy Diamond (6-1) stole off to a front running victory in the Conniver. Angel Arroyo will ride the daughter of Eastern Echo for trainer Cathal Lynch, another Philadelphia-based conditioner.

Another certain to send early is What Time It Is (8-1), a Mike Trombetta trainee who has won two straight, an allowance sprint at Charles Town and a optional/claiming score at Philadelphia Park. Julian Pimentel has the mount.

Completing the field are 20-1 shots My Little Pretty, Lucky Yours and Mysterious Bandit.


Jeremy Rose was off his mounts today with a sore left shoulder after being tossed by Miz Magician after finishing third in Wednesday’s 7th race. Rose, who turned 30 yesterday, leads the colony with 47 victories.

“He is sore more than anything,” said John “Kid” Breeden, Rose’s agent. “Hopefully he’ll be well enough to ride at Laurel tomorrow.”

Rose is named on six horses on Friday’s Laurel card and is scheduled to ride the Mike Trombetta trained Perfect Song in the Grade II Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Saturday afternoon.

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