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De Francis Dash Restored to Laurel Calendar

De Francis Dash Restored to Laurel Calendar

The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have agreed to the live racing dates and stakes schedule for the balance of 2009, including the return of the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Dash after a one-year hiatus.

Maryland Million Undercard Purses Increase

The purses of the Maryland Million Lassie and the Maryland Million Nursery â€" both races for two-year-olds formerly valued at $125,000 and run at Laurel Park on Maryland Million Day â€" will be boosted to $150,000 each this year.

Thor's Echo Makes Case in De Francis Dash

Thor's Echo Makes Case in De Francis Dash

TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) champion Thor's Echo, racing in the Superman silks of Suarez Racing, made his case for a 2006 Eclipse Award, repelling a menacing challenge from the unlucky Diabolical to win the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Saturday.

Thor's Echo 8-5 Choice in De Francis Dash

Thor's Echo 8-5 Choice in De Francis Dash

Thor's Echo, upset winner of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) on Nov. 4, is the 8-5 morning line favorite after drawing the outside post among nine entered in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Saturday.

A Huevo Euthanized After W. Va. Classic

A Huevo Euthanized After W. Va. Classic

A Huevo, a 9-year-old gelding owned by Mark Hopkins and winner of the 2003 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) was euthanized after being pulled up soon after the start and vanned off following the West Virginia Breeders' Classic Stakes the evening of Oct. 8. The son of Cool Joe had been the 1-2 favorite in the nine-furlong race at Charles Town Races and Slots.

Boston Common Impressive in De Francis Prep

Friday's eighth race at Laurel Park could provide a candidate or two for next month's $300,000 De Francis Dash (gr. I), as two top contenders – Boston Common and Take Achance On Me – finished one-two in the $36,000 optional allowance test.

From the Magazine: Delaware Township Exits on Top

From the Magazine: Delaware Township Exits on Top

A million-dollar international race doesn't usually serve as practice for a $300,000 stakes in Maryland. But following a script that was part wisdom and part luck, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) turned out to be a dress rehearsal for the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) Nov. 17 at Laurel Park.

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