$100,000 John B. Campbell Draws Wide Open Field of Eleven
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Sat 14/02/2015 - 09:15 EST
On Saturday, Laurel Park will host the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap. Carded at a mile and an eighth on the main track, the race has drawn a competitive field of eleven colts and geldings.
Topping the wide open field as the morning line favorite at 7-2 is Page McKenney for trainer Mary Eppler. A five-year-old gelded son of Eavesdropper, he is a nine-time winner and a multiple stakes winner. Though he has never won from eight starts at Laurel, he has been on the board five times. He was last seen finishing second in the Jewel Stakes at Gulfstream Park in December. Horacio Karamanos will be aboard from post position three.
Turco Bravo (CHI) trying for first stateside win
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Turco Bravo (CHI) who is trying to earn his first North American victory after making ten trips to the winner’s circle in his native Chile. He has been second in his last two starts, both against stakes company, for trainer Gary Contessa. The six-year-old gelding is scheduled to break from post position seven under jockey Wilmer Garcia who was aboard for the first time in his last start.
Cerro (IRE) looking to rebound back at home track
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Cerro (IRE) for trainer Diane Kobiskie. A five-year-old gelded son of Mr. Greeley, he has won six of his twenty career starts including a stakes race. He is trying to rebound after finishing sixth last time out in the Native Diver at Aqueduct in January. Three of his six wins have come at Laurel Park and he will have Cecily Evans in the irons from post position four in his second start of the year.
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