Chalk players had a scare at Bowie yesterday when Laughing Gull, the odds-on favorite of the crowd of 11,147, prevailed by a head over Dynamo Dotty in the $30,000-added Bowie Kindergarten Stakes. It was four lengths farther back to Colonize in third position.
The time for the Bowie feature's six furlongs was 1:12. The winning mutuel was $2.60.
The Bowie meeting will end Monday. Laurel will open a 60-day meeting Tuesday, featuring the $60,000-added Laurel Turf Cup at 1 1/2 miles. The winner of the Turf Cup, which has attracted 16 entrants, including Irish-bred Sea Chimes and Chilean-bred El Barril, could earn an invitation to the Washington, D.C. International Nov. 7.
A total of 16 stakes, highlighted by the 30th running of the International will be contested during the Laurel meeting that will end Dec. 31.
The first of three Grade 1 championship stakes will be the $100,000-added Laurel Futurity for 2 year-olds Saturday. It is expected to include Deputy Minister, a once-defeated colt from Canada.
There will be nine races daily with eight exactas, a daily double and triple wagering on the ninth race. Post time will be 12:30.
The International, at 1 1/2 miles on grass, had its inaugural running in 1952.
To date, there are five acceptances for this year's renewal: Blue Wind, Ireland; Wauthi, West Germany; Campero, Argentina; Beldale Flutter, England; and Siap Raja III, Singapore.