$300,000 Grade 2 Fritchie Handicap Full of Runners
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Fri 13/02/2015 - 12:34 EST
The $300,000 Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap features an ultra-competitive field of eleven fillies and mares set to contest the seven furlong event on the main track February 14 at Laurel Park.
California invader Sam’s Sister is the 5/2 morning line favorite for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer after winning the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes and Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes in succession at Santa Anita in her last two starts. The four year-old daughter of Brother Derek has won five of six career starts for earnings of $427,450. Sam’s Sister’s lone blemish came on the Polytrack where she finished eighth in a November 21 allowance race at Del Mar. Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets the call breaking from post ten.
Princess Violet a model of consistency
Second choice Princess Violet (3/1) draws the rail for trainer Michael Hushion. The four year-old daughter of Officer ran second in her last start – the Grade 3 Go for Wand Handicap, and also finished second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes in June at Belmont. Princess Violet has finished out of the exacta just once in her career – a seventh place effort in the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga. Jose Ortiz will be aboard the classy filly in the Fritchie.
A Horse for course
Lady Sebelia (7/2) has a home turf advantage over the top two choices having raced predominantly at Laurel over her 13 race career. The Robin Graham trainee is a seven-time winner, including five victories at Laurel Park. Lady Sebelia enters the Fritchie on a three-race winning streak with two of those coming against minor stakes company at Laurel.
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