Eleven 2-year-olds are entered in today's fourth Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes at Laurel.
The Juvenile has a purse of $100,000 and will be run at 1 1/16 miles out of the mile chute. All entrants will carry 122 pounds except filly Bug Eyed Betty, who gets 119.
Southern Appeal, winner of the Grade I Laurel Futurity earlier in the meeting, is expected to be favored in the Juvenile, and a victory for the son of Valid Appeal could give him an edge over Papal Power in balloting for top Maryland-bred 2-year-old colt of 1985. Jesse Davidson will ride him.
Others likely to draw strong support in the feature are Miracle Wood, Canadian Winter and Lil Tyler.
Miracle Wood had five consecutive victories last summer before finishing third behind Southern Appeal in the Futurity. Donald Miller is named to ride. Canadian Winter, also beaten by Southern Appeal in the Futurity, rebounded with a strong second behind Pillaster in Aqueduct's Pilgrim Stakes in his next start. Eddie Maple is the rider.
Am An Eagle, in from Philadelphia Park for yesterday's feature race, was among the early leaders under Siobian O'Hara, then drew away to win by three lengths over St. George's G. Smoove was a nose farther back in third.