The 6-year-old mare Silmaril, tuning up for a likely start in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) on Feb. 17, tops a field of six entered for the $100,000 What A Summer for fillies and mares going six furlongs at Laurel Park Saturday.
The What A Summer is one of two six-furlong stakes on the Laurel card. The $100,000 Fire Plug is the other.
Stephen E. Quick and Christopher J. Feifarek's Silmaril, from the Chris Grove stable, is the 3-2 morning line favorite. Winner of seven added money races in her career at four different distances up to nine furlongs, the Maryland-bred Silmaril will be ridden by Ryan Fogelsonger.
“I was going to use the Nellie Morse (Jan 27) as the prep but the more I thought about it, she runs better with four or five weeks in-between a race,” Grove said. “She is doing super. I couldn’t be happier. I expect another huge effort. I just hope it isn’t too big where it would take too much out of her for the Fritchie.”
Yolanda B. Too is second choice at 3-1. She finished second to the favorite in the Maryland Million Oaks but won the Squan Song Stakes on Dec. 23 through disqualification. She will be reunited with Jeremy Rose. La Chica Rica (6-1), who was DQ’d in the Squan Song, will get the services of Mario Pino, the leading rider in Maryland racing history.
Scheing E Jet (9-2) is a quick daughter of Unbridled Jet who won a minor stakes at the Maryland State Fair meeting last summer. Napravnik will ride Scheing E Jet for trainer Eddie Gaudet.
Ring True (5-1), who shipped to Maryland twice last year and won both starts, comes south again for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. Julian Pimentel retains the mount.
$100,000 What A Summer Stakes (Race 8, 3:57 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 4 & Up, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Sonotas Secret (VA), Felix E. Pinero, 118
2. Yolanda B. Too (MD), Jeremy Rose, 122
3. La Chica Rica (MD), Mario G. Pino, 118
4. Scheing E Jet (MD), A. R. Napravnik, 120
5. Silmaril (MD), Ryan Fogelsonger, 124
6. Ring True (FL), Julian Pimentel, 120