Singing Susan, a 2-year-old filly who has won five stakes at as many tracks, will head a field of 10 in Saturday's richest running of the Selima Stakes at Laurel Race Course.
Singing Susan, who will be ridden by Miguel Rivera, has won more than $250,000 but has been overshadowed for top filly honors by the undefeated Landaluce and Princess Rooney.
Singing Susan, a daughter of Rollicking, romped in the Kindergarten Stakes at Bowie in her last start, her first for owner Ted Sabarese, who recently purchased her from Robert Quinichett for a reported $900,000.
Her main competition in the 57th Selima, which will have a gross value of $234,580, is expected to be the Genter Stables' Close To Me and J.R. Harris' Inthethickofit.
Close To Me lost to Singing Susan in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth in August. Close To Me will be ridden by Jack Kaenel, who won the Selima last year on Snow Plow. Inthethickofit has been racing at the deep Calder track in Florida and has won only once. However, the daughter of Irish Ruler has shown ability at a distance and the Selima is over 1 1/16 miles. Vince Bracciale is her jockey.
The stable coupling of Bemissed and National Banner has been running with success on the turf. They are handled by Woody Stephens, who has saddled the winners of four Selimas.
Completing the field will be Icy Time, No Body Else's, Valerie's Best, At This Moment and Escape Artist.