A field of 14 fillies and mares, including Eclipse Award-winner It's In The Air, will contest today's $100,000-added Barbara Fritchie Handicap over seven furlongs at Bowie.
The daughter of Mr. Prospector has been assigned 123 pounds by Racing Secretary Lawrence Abbundi and will be ridden by Carlos Lopez. It's In The Air was recently purchased for $1.6 million and will be making her first start for owner Robert Brennan.
Chief contention is expected to come from Skipat, a former winner of the Barbara Fritchie and second highweight at 124. The Connecticut-bred daughter of Jungle Cove will be ridden by Cash Asmussen who will be making the trip from New York for the race.
Highweighted Plankton, burdened with 126 pounds, is also entered, but Howard Tesher said she will start only if the track comes up muddy. Plankton has won her last three races, all major stakes, around two turns.
Others with fine credentials for this 28th running of the Fritchie are Nuit D'Amor, winner of her last two at Keystone, and Secret Emotion, winner of her last six, none of them stakes but two in track record time at Laurel. Nuit D'Amor is the only entrant allowed to use the diuretic, Lasix, and will be ridden by James Edwards. Secret Emotion worked six furlongs at Bowie recently in 1:12 and will be ridden by Mario Pino. The daughter of Spanish Riddle is not expected to start if the track is not fast.