Some of Maryland's most talented 3-year-old thoroughbreds, including two unbeaten colts trained by Charlie Hadry, have been nominated to this year's Triple Crown series.
The Hadry-trained nominees are Private Terms and Finder's Choice, both owned by Locust Hill Farm. Finder's Choice covered 6 1/2 furlongs Sunday in a Laurel Race Course-record 1:16, winning a $14,000 allowance race by four lengths. He and Private Terms each have 2-0 records.
Other Maryland-based nominees, according to their trainers, include Trap Line and Thirty Eight Go Go, respectively the state-bred 2-year-old male and female champions of 1987; Dancing Pretense, a Ron Cartwright-trained colt who has won both his starts, and Fappavalley, a son of Fappiano who two weeks ago won Laurel's Star De Naskra Stakes by nearly four lengths.
Fappavalley is expected to be favored in Sunday's $50,000 Goss L. Stryker Stakes at Laurel, but he'll have to go the mile without his customary jockey, Jesse Davidson. With Davidson still recovering from a spill at Laurel last week, trainer Dennis Potts has assigned the mount to Jimmy Edwards.
The preliminary Triple Crown nomination fee of $600 must be postmarked by today; a late payment of $3,000 can be made by March 17. The Kentucky Derby will be run May 7.
Frank De Francis, president of Laurel, Pimlico and Freestate race tracks, will be among those honored at the Federico Tesio Awards banquet March 13 in Baltimore.
De Francis will receive the Golden Horseshoe Award for outstanding service to the racing industry. Other honorees include trainer Jack Van Berg, who sent Alysheba to a victory in last year's Preakness Stakes; jockeys Kent Desormeaux, the 1987 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, and Julie Krone, who in 1987 established records for races and purses won by a female.