It was like old times at Bowie Race Course this week when the program showed the names of trainers John Tammaro, Ed Gaudet, Ron Alfano, Hubert Hine and John Forbes. Those fine conditioners checked in with the closing of the Meadowlands track in New Jersey at the end of December. Several noted that the competition at the Meadowlands was slightly weaker than that of the Maryland circuit, so it may take a race or two for the New Jersey invaders to find their level.
Saturday's 46th running of the Prince George's Stakes at 1 1/6 miles shapes up as a wide-open affair although the first glance at the form appears to favor Terrific Son, winner of two stakes this winter.
The son of George Lewis, a confirmed sprinter, ran poorly in his last start at Aqueduct. Trainer Anthony Delloso said that his charge did not like the greasy surface of the Aqueduct strip that day. Terrific Son will share the highweight of 122 with Skate and Rock N Rollick. He will be ridden by Anthony Agnello and will break from the outside eight position. He will start only if the track is fast.
Rock N Rollick will have the saddle services of veteran Bill Passmore. The 3-year-old son of Rollicking nipped Skate in the recent Palmer Heagerty Stakes at Bowie and adds three pounds off that effort. Rock N Rollick had been running unevenly for several races until the addition of blinkers in the Heagerty appeared to help keep his mind on racing.
Skate, the heavy favorite in the Heagerty, will be ridden by Rudy Turcotte and is expected to challenge Terrific Son for the early lead.
Of the outsiders, it would appear that Scarpitta, owned by Peter Beler, has the best chance for an upset. Scarpitta is a son of What Luck and won his last race at the Heagerty distance by a nose. Mark Drury will do the riding.