Bowie Race Course opens its 36-day meeting today with the seven-furlong Marlboro Nursery as its feature race.
Greentree Stable's Cavort, winner of two races in a five-race career, is the overnight choice in the $40,000 renewal. The 2-year-old daughter of Foolish Pleasure will be ridden by William Nemeti and will carry 113 pounds.
Chief contention is expected to come from Stunning Native, also a winner of two races. Stunning Native will carry 113 pounds and be ridden by Vincent Bracciale.
Others with solid credentials are Galstar and Ventallah. The former has won her last two starts at Delaware Park and will be ridden by Antoine Barreira. Galstar indicated her fitness while taking the Frolic Stakes at Timonium last month by more than two lengths over Play It Now.
A companion feature includes such well-known female runners as Jameela, Denim Gal, Veiled Look and Misty Malarky competing in an allowance race for a purse of $15,000.
Eight added-money events are scheduled for this fall meeting, including the $100,000-added Governor's Gold Cup at a mile and one-eighth on Oct. 11.
Riders for the meet will include the familiar journeymen Bill Passmore, Mario Pino, Arnold Illiescu, Gregg McCarron and Herb Lindberg. The apprentice contingent has Ken Black, Antoine Barreira, William Jenkins and Gordon Whitacre.
Post time is 1 p.m.
Bowie, first of the Maryland tracks to request Pick Six wagering, will not feature that form of betting because of several problems -- technological and procedural -- that could not be worked out before the opening of its fall meeting.
When it does introduce Pick Six wagering, Bowie is looking for a positive ruling by the Maryland Racing Commission on its request for carry-over betting, a system that would carry over the Pick Six pools from one day to another should there be no winner. The object of the Pick Six is to select the winners of six straight designated races. The carry-over method would increase the payoffs to winners should there be no winners for several straight days.