Richetta, Cryptic Skier Head Maryland Juvenile Stakes

The 2003 racing season ends at Laurel Park on Wednesday with a pair of $100,000 stakes races for Maryland-bred juveniles.

In the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, Richetta is the 3-5 morning line favorite off three added money victories during the meet.

The Robin Graham trainee has reeled off impressive wins in the Maryland Million Lassie Oct. 11, Heavenly Cause Stakes Nov. 1 and Selima Stakes Nov. 15.

"She's a really nice filly," said Rick Wilson, who will ride Richetta for the second straight race. "She's looks like she'll be pretty tough in this one."

Since her 6 ½-length score on the De Francis Dash undercard, the daughter of Polish Numbers has two official works this month at Laurel Park in preparation for this test against seven other 2-year olds.

"She training very well," said Graham. "I'm concerned about the outside post but being a mile and an eighth will make it a little easier to get into position. I don't think she'll have any problem getting the distance, but she hasn't run in six weeks. Hopefully I've done my job well because she certainly has the ability."

Six 2-year olds are expected to face the starter in the Maryland Juvenile Championship, including Cryptic Skier (4/5) and White Mountain Boy (even money). On Oct. 23, White Mountain Boy defeated Cryptic Skier by a nose in an exciting head-to-head battle. Since then White Mountain Boy was victorious in the Rollicking Stakes, while Cryptic Skier broke his maiden by an impressive 11 ½ lengths.

$100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes, 2-year-olds bred in Maryland, 1 1/8 mile
PP. Horse, Jockey
1. White Mountain Boy, Abel Castellano, Jr.
2. Star Cry, Jose C. Caraballo
3. Downtown Golfer, Erick D. Rodriguez
4. Cryptic Skier, Luis Garcia
5. Kwame, Jozbin Z. Santana
6. My Boy Roy, Enrique M. Jurado
All carry 122 pounds.

$100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes, 2-year-old fillies bred in Maryland, 1 1/8 mile
1. Grant's Moon, Mario G. Pino
2. Pour It On, Erick D. Rodriguez
3. Promote Business, Abel Castellano, Jr.
4. Patriots Image, Jose C. Caraballo
5. Sea of Promises, Greg W. Hutton
6. Whole Lotta Love, Jozbin Z. Santana
7. Tempting Note, Edwin L. King, Jr.
8. Richetta, Rick Wilson
All carry 119 pounds.