A well-matched field of 11 fillies and mares will match strides Saturday in the $25,000-added Conniver Handicap at Bowie. Favored in the 1 1-16-mile event is C. Oliver Goldsmith's Silver Ice.
The gray daughter of Icecapade won more than $100,000 last year and has five added-money victories to her credit. She has been assigned top weight of 122 by racing secretary Larry Abbundi and will be ridden by Gregg McCarron.
Trainer Joe Considine, whose small stable has been producing at a.600 clip, held up his entry until he was assured track conditions appeared to be favorable.
"Why take chances?" said the conditioner. "This is a tricky time of the year and we want to be careful with her."
Silver Ice indicated her fitness last week, with a 1:14 1-5 workout. Chief contention is expected to come from Gay Candy, second in the weights with 116.
Others with good credentials are Sea Tale and Worthy Of Flowers. The former has been running steadily in allowance company in Pennsylvania, while Worthy Of Flowers showed improvement in her last sprint race.
Yesterday's winds reached a gust velocity of 50 miles per hour up the Bowie stretch. However, in the fifth race, won by Ricketts Jig, the wind abated somewhat and his running time of 1:11 4-5 was the fastest of the afternoon ofr six furlongs.
Jockey William Nemeti was thrown from Noble Pappa in the second race and had to cancel his mounts for the rest of the afternoon. Nemeti appeared unhurt and refused hospitalization.