A total of 15 Maryland-bred or Maryland-sired runners will take to the track at Laurel Park on Saturday, March 16 in Maryland-restricted stakes action.

The $75,000 Not For Love Stakes, named for the dominant former Maryland stallion, drew a field of seven, including a pair of stakes winners. Coffeewithchris, bred by Thomas J. Rooney, won the Heft in 2022 and last year's Miracle Wood. He most recently finished fifth in a third-level allowance optional claiming race at Laurel Feb. 25. Jevian Toledo has the mount from post position five for trainer John Salzman Jr, who co-owns with Fred Wasserloos and Anthony Geruso. 

Virginia-bred Kenny Had a Notion, by Northview's Great Notion, is a three-time stakes winner in his career, including the 2020 Maryland Million Nursery, and has amassed $400,912 in career earnings. He'll break from post position seven with Keimar Trotman aboard for owner Arkofa Farm and trainer Michael Jones Jr. 

Two horses enter the Not For Love on winning streaks. Holly House Farm homebred Arden'sluckytobe has won his last two starts, both of them in gate-to-wire fashion. He most recently won an open-first level allowance race by two lengths on March 1. He'll break from the inside post position with Tais Lyapustina aboard for trainer Diana McClure.

Rominski drew post position three for owner Timothy Hopkins, trainer Kieron Magee, and jockey Horacio Karamanos. The David Wade-bred half-brother to Maryland-bred champion and 2022 Not For Love wiWhereshetoldmetogo has won three consecutive races, including a gate-to-wire victory in a second-level allowance optional claiming race at Laurel Feb. 11. 

Ace Nine Nine (bred by Country Life Farm), Exculpatory (bred by Anchor & Hope Farm & Finn's Nickel LLC), and Take a Hint (bred by Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes) round out the field. The six-furlong Not For Love will be the seventh race on the card at Laurel Saturday, with a scheduled post time of 3:31 p.m.

The $75,000 Conniver Stakes, named for the Maryland-bred champion mare and Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Famer, attracted a field of eight. All are Maryland-breds with the exception of Pennsylvania-bred Golden Tabby, by Northview's Golden Lad. 

A pair of runners from the Jan. 28 Geisha return for the seven-furlong Conniver. Barak Farm-bred Royal Whisper led most of the way in that race and finished third, beaten a neck behind Malibu Moonshine and Northern Glow. She most recently finished third in a starter optional claiming race at Laurel March 1 after an awkward break. She'll break from post position six with Raul Mena aboard for owner Steeplechase Farm and trainer Michael Gorham. 

Bella Bettina, bred by Daniel Marconi and owned and trained by Samuel Davis, finished fifth by two lengths in the Geisha after rating off the pace. She'll look for a rebound off a sixth-place effort in a second-level allowance optional claiming race at Laurel Feb. 10. Jean Briceno has the call from post position five.

Too Many Kisses is the lone last-out winner in the field. Bred by the McGinneses and trainer Tim Keefe, she came from last to win a Maryland-restricted allowance contest on Feb. 17, defeating some of her Conniver rivals in the process. Forest Boyce will ride from post position four for owners Cynthia McGinnes & Francis Clemens.

My Flicker (bred by Country Roads Ltd.), Bay Street (a homebred for Greycross Stable LLC), Fast Tracked (bred by ZWP Stable & Non Stop Stable), and Sultry Sally H (bred by Robert Gerczak) round out the field. The Conniver is scheduled as the eighth race on the card, with a listed post time of 4:02 p.m.

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