A total of 18 Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired 2-year-olds were entered to contest the Maryland Juvenile Filly and the Maryland Juvenile this Saturday at Laurel Park. Both races will be contested at seven furlongs for a purse of $100,000 each.
The Maryland Juvenile Filly drew a field of eight. The 8-5 morning line favorite is Sheilahs Warcloud, a daughter of Northview Stallions' Madefromlucky. Bred by Dr. Megan Kerford DVM and Justin Nixon, and owned and trained by Nixon, Sheilahs Warcloud will make her first start since a second-place effort in the Maryland Million Lassie at Laurel on Oct. 14 behind 62-1 upset winner Miss Harriett. She previously broke her maiden at first asking at Colonial Downs on Aug. 10, then was second in an allowance optional claiming race at Pimlico on Sept. 16. Xavier Perez has the call from post position eight.
Kissedbyanangel, bred by Super C Racing Inc. and owned and trained by Joanne Shankle, is the 2-1 second choice. The daughter of Northview's Golden Lad finished third in the Lassie and has since raced twice: a second-place finish in an allowance optional claiming contest at Laurel on Oct. 28, followed by an impressive 2 1/4-length victory at that same level at Laurel on Nov. 17. Originally campaigned by her breeder, Kissedbyanangel was claimed for $12,500 out of her maiden-breaking win at Pimlico on Sept. 10 by Shankle. Angel Cruz will ride from post position seven.
Determined Sail, bred by 2500 Determined Stud and campaigned by owner D Hatman Thoroughbreds, was stakes-placed in open company this summer at Colonial, finishing third in the Sept. 9 Kitten's Joy at 31-1. This marks the first start on dirt for the Phil Schoenthal trainee, as she looks for a rebound off two consecutive unplaced efforts. Listed at 8-1 on the morning line, she'll break from post position four with Forest Boyce aboard.
Four other Maryland-bred fillies were entered. They are, from the rail out, Little Crybaby (bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC), Lucky Cougar (bred by Maria Haire), Still Game (bred by Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Michael Bishop, and Milton P. Higgins III), and Big Earn (bred by Helen Marshall). Binnie, a Virginia-bred full sister to Maryland-bred champion Crabcakes by Northview's Great Notion, was also entered off an impressive come-from-behind maiden win on Nov. 2.
The Maryland Juvenile Filly is the seventh race on the Saturday card, with a listed post time of 3:22 p.m.
The Maryland Juvenile drew a field of ten colts and geldings, all of whom are Maryland-breds. The 9-5 morning line favorite is Speedyness, a homebred for Jagger Inc. trained by Jamie Ness. The son of Great Notion comes into this race off back-to-back victories, including a 7 1/4-length win in an allowance optional claiming race at Laurel on Nov. 17. He'll break from post position six with Jaime Rodriguez aboard.
Catahoula Moon, a son of Golden Lad bred by Angela Coombs, won the Oct. 14 Maryland Million Nursery by 4 3/4 lengths. He'll look to bounce back off a fifth-place effort in the James F. Lewis III Stakes at Laurel on Nov. 11. Xavier Perez will ride from post position three for owner Super C Racing Inc. and trainer Jerry Robb. He's the 7-2 second choice on the morning line.
Call Me Andy, bred by Barlar LLC, ships in from Kentucky for his first start in his home state. He was stakes-placed twice over the summer, finishing third in the July 2 Bashford Manor at Ellis Park and the Aug. 13 Ellis Park Juvenile. Jevian Toledo has the mount from post position five for owners Andrew Farm, Mountmellick Farm, Ocean Reef Racing, White Mountain Stables and Stonecrest Farm and trainer Brendan Walsh. He's listed at 9-2 on the morning line.
The field is rounded out, from the rail out, by King's River (bred by Bryan Blair Minnich), Cap Com (bred by the Elkstone Group LLC), Circle P (bred by Marathon Farms Inc.), Jumpingjaggerflash (bred by R. Larry Johnson), Mister Agent (bred by Murmur Farm), Hittheroadjak (bred by Bonita Farm), and All the Way (bred by Joseph Besecker).
Post time for the Maryland Juvenile, the eighth race on the card, is scheduled for 3:52 p.m.