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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, 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.

Thor's Echo Leads De Francis Dash Nominees

Three of the top five finishers from the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) are among the 21 pre-entries for the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Nov. 25.

Chasing Eclipse, Thor's Echo to Run in Dash

Thor's Echo, who became just the second California-bred to win a Breeders' Cup race when he captured the 2006 TVG Sprint (gr. I) Saturday at Churchill Downs, is to remain in the East in quest of an Eclipse Award.

With Stars Missing, 18 Enter De Francis Dash

Lacking a clear standout, Tiger Heart, runner-up in last month's Vosburgh (gr. I), is the 7-2 morning line favorite among 18 sprinters entered for Saturday's $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park.

Thirty-Nine Stakes Highlight Laurel Park Schedule

Thirty-nine stakes races, with purses totaling almost $3.8 million, highlight the opening of the fall meet at Laurel Park. The meet kicks off Sept. 7 with live racing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the month. Sunday racing will be added beginning the first week of October.

Pimlico Meet Extended; Laurel to Reopen Dec. 26

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The Maryland Jockey Club announced Oct. 8 that it intends to extend the current Pimlico meet until mid-December, with the re-opening of Laurel Park scheduled for Dec. 26. The current Pimlico stand was tentatively scheduled to end on Nov. 2.

A Huevo Scrambles Home in De Francis Dash

Mark Hopkins' A Huevo, a 7-year-old gelding making just his seventh career start, came with a rush from the outside near the sixteenth pole to register an upset of odds-on choice Shake You Down in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park Saturday.

Thunderello Sustained Career-Threatening Injuries

Thunderello, who was pulled up in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) on Saturday at Laurel Park, broke the splint bone and chipped the sesamoid bone in his left foreleg, said his trainer, Scott Lake. Lake said X-rays taken the day after the race confirmed the injuries.

Thunderello Favored in De Francis Dash

Thunderello, the longshot who led throughout before finishing second in the NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's grade I Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park.

Laurel Will Try 'Dash' in Post-Breeders' Cup Spot

For the first time since its inception in Maryland in 1990, the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash will be run this year in the fall instead of the summer. The $300,000 race, one of only two grade I six-furlong events in the country, will headline a "fall festival day" of a half-dozen stakes Nov. 17 at Laurel Park, said Lou Raffetto Jr., chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club.

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