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By Gulfstream Press Staff – The Stronach 5, featuring a $100,000 guaranteed pool and industry-low 12-percent takeout, will begin Friday with the first 2-year-old race run this year in Maryland, a $40,000 maiden special weight event at five furlongs on Laurel Park’s main track.

            The popular wager will feature three races from Laurel and two from Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream’s races will include a five furlong event on the turf and the sequence will conclude with a $45,000 allowance optional claimer at 5 ½ furlongs on Laurel’s Dahlia Turf Course.

            The opening leg of the Stronach 5 features a field of 10 juvenile colts and geldings. Three of the maidens – San Antone, Don’t Dare Me and Alwaysinahurry – come into the race off second-place finishes at Delaware Park against maiden special weight company.

                        Friday’s races and sequence

·         Leg One – Laurel Park 6th Race: (10 entries, 5 furlongs) 3:21 ET, 12:21 PT

·         Leg Two –Gulfstream Park 8th Race: (11 entries, 5 furlongs turf) 3:40 ET, 12:40 PT

·         Leg Three –Laurel Park 7th Race: (12 entries, 1 mile) 3:59 ET, 12:59 PT

·         Leg Four –Gulfstream Park 9th Race: (11 entries, 1 mile) 4:14 ET, 1:14 PT

·         Leg Five –Laurel Park 8th race: (9 entries, 5 ½ furlongs turf) 4:32 ET, 1:32 PT

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