Broadway Producer (5-2) and Dr Rico (9-2), the one-two finishers in the Maryland Million Turf on October 4, resume their rivalry. In the Million Turf, the duo drew away from the rest of the field and battled head-to-head to the finish line, with Broadway Producer prevailing by a neck.
Dr Rico returned to the turf October 18 but finished fourth in an allowance race at Laurel. Rosie Napravnik, who rode Dr Rico over the summer before missing three months with a broken leg, regains the mount on the son of Disco Rico for trainer Hamilton Smith. The 20-year-old rider has won two of 13 races, with eight in the money finishes, since returning November 1.
Second choice on the morning line is Baltimore Bob (3-1), a four time winner on the grass including three over this course. The son of Malibu Moon won at Saturday’s distance, defeating among others Dr Rico, in his most recent start under Abel Castellano, who will be back aboard for trainer Carlos Garcia.
“There are a lot of quality runners in here but he is training well and we are looking forward to the race,” Garcia said. “I expect we’ll be off the pace, make one move in the last three-eighths and see if we can get there in time. He is coming along very nicely and I think he’ll be much better next year as a 4-year-old. He’ll go to the farm after this race and we’ll bring him back in February.”
The speedy Seeyouinthecity (9-2) upset Baltimore Bob in the Humphrey Finney Stakes at Laurel in August. He also sports a strong turf performance line, with three wins in six starts and two wins over Laurel’s infield. Malcolm Franklin, twice a winner atop the son of Slew City Slew this year, regains the mount from trainer Dale Capuano.
Capuano will also saddle defending champion Headsandtales (10-1), who finished second in an allowance score on October 17, his first start in the Capuano barn. The son of Tale of the Cat has not won since his driving score at odds of 25-1 in the 2007 Find Handicap last November.
With intentions of racing on the main track if the race comes off the turf, trainer Chris Grove entered Lexi Star (15-1), the only distaffer in the field. The multiple stakes winning mare will be retired after one more race and the Find could be her swan song. The daughter of Crypto Star has won 11 career races, including five added money races, and $582,624 in 28 starts.
Other stakes winners in the field include Easy Red (12-1) and Evil Storm (12-1). Rounding out the field will be Irish Osprey (15-1), D.J.’s Hero (30-1) and Terrific Tom (30-1).
Those runners on the eligible list who could get into the field after scratches are Water Cannon, Into the Wind and a Larry Murray entry (Nashly’s Runner and El Viaje).