Feb 08 2013

The Miracle Wood, and Annapolis doings

* Saturday’s feature at Laurel is the Miracle Wood Stakes for three year-olds — one mile on the main track. 

It’s drawn a field of eight, with Vegas No Show — one of three Triple Crown nominees in the field — the 7-5 morning line favorite.  That feels short to me, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another nominee, Dynamic Strike, take a nice step forward here.  And then there’s Alpha Mike Foxtrot, who’s not a world-beater but keeps outrunning his odds; he’s now been in the money in four straight stakes, including a second in last month’s Frank Whiteley at Laurel.

But what of the race’s namesake, Miracle Wood?  Who’s he?

Learn more about him in our post from this past May, Miracle Wood and gifts that keep on giving

* Meanwhile, in Annapolis, Republican Senator Bryan Simonaire of Pasadena has introduced legislation affecting racing.  SB 0858 would require licensees — specifically, racetracks — to provide a written explanation to anyone licensed by the Maryland Racing Commission that the track is “ruling off” and permitting those ejected to appeal to the Racing Commission.  No co-sponsors at this point, and no idea (yet) of what has spurred the legislation…

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