Marve, a contender for next Saturday's $100,000-added Governor's Gold Cup, held on gamely to win the featured Meadow Purse at Bowie yesterday by a neck over the fast-closing Papelote, a grey colt that had been chasing Seattle Slew in the spring.
The time of yesterday's feature was 1.10 4/5 for the six furlongs. The Gold Cup is scheduled for a mile and a furlong. Pabida finished third in the Meadow, beaten a length and a quarter for all the money.
Marve took the lead at the start, followed by Papida, which never could make up ground. Papelote loped in the rear under Patrick Day and was swung out straightened away for the run to the wire. Papelote got into high gear past the eighth pole and was cutting into Marve's lead with every stride. The coupling of Marve and Papelote returned $19.20 on the numbers 8 and 6.
Aspiring 2-year-olds bred in Maryland will be in the spotlight today in the $27,350 Lansdale G. Sasscer Stakes at six furlong.
Double Zeus, winner of two races here this fall, is expected to be the favorite. Veteran Leroy Moyers is to ride the son of Spring Double, which will tote 115 pounds.
Rounding out the field of six are Sabruff, M.A.'s Date, Regan's Nail, Rise Emotions and Doc Rock.
In the eighth race cofeature. Royal Ski leading money winning 2-year-old last year, will continue on the comeback trail in a sprint under allowance conditions. Royal Ski is expected to go in the Governor's Cup if he can perform to expectations.