Miss Charm City, who finishes her freshman campaign a perfect three-for-three including a pair of stakes victories at Laurel during the current fall meeting, suffered a suspensory injury in her left front foot earlier this week according to trainer Carlos Garcia.
Prom Time (5-2), a Tale of the Cat offspring who is a half-sister of multiple stakes winner Promenade Girl, broke her maiden in her most recent start, running wide and rallying under apprentice Tony Maragh to win for trainer Larry Murray. It was only her second start and Maragh retains the mount.
“This is a wide-open race. It is going to come down to who gets the trip,” Murray said. “There are some horses that like to be out there early and that’s okay with me. We’ll follow them around and try to go by them late. This filly has continued to improve all year and she’s learned a lot and likes the racing game. I am optimistic.”
Graceful Ginger (3-1) finished a combined 18 ½ lengths behind Miss Charm City in the Gin Talking Stakes (September 6) and the Maryland Million Lassie (October 4) and has not won since breaking her maiden in August, but the daughter of Two Punch ran a career-best 73 Beyer Speed figure in a second place finish in an allowance test here on November 13. Erick Rodriguez will ride for owner-trainer John Alecci.
Queen of Song (3-1) is one for four for Mark Shuman, all game efforts under four different riders. Jeremy Rose picks up the mount on the daughter of Unbridled’s Song.
Heaven’s Voice (7-2), a sharp gate-to-wire winner in her only start here three weeks ago, jumps into stakes competition and will get Lasix for the first time. J.D. Acosta will ride the Lion Hearted filly for trainer Chris Grove, who also will start longshot Landers Gem (20-1).
Call of a Lion (8-1) has won her last two starts both at Charles Town for trainer Charles Frock. The daughter of Lion Hearted will leave from the outside post under Carlos Quinones.
Besides the popular annual calendar giveaway, there will be 21 nicely wrapped boxes of various sizes under the Christmas tree in the Laurel grandstand with prizes to be awarded after races three, four, five and six. Gifts include a scooter, two flat screen televisions, a home theatre system, laptops, a camcorder, a digital camera, gift cards, an Xbox and two Wiis.