10/29/2008 11:00PM

Beulah: Laird's Prize looks swiftest


Laird's Prize looks to be the speed of the speed among 12 Ohio-bred fillies and mares in the $50,000 Scarlet and Gray at Beulah Park on Saturday. The six-furlong Scarlet and Gray was originally carded for Oct. 18, but Beulah canceled that program because of a dispute with the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association over the track's simulcast signal.

Laird's Prize is a lightly raced 4-year-old filly who has won 4 of 7 starts. All four of her victories have come in front-running style with three of them locally. Trained by Doug Cowans, Laird's Prize won her first out this year by 8 1/4 lengths in an optional statebred allowance race May 8 at River Downs. She came back in an open optional claiming race at Turfway Park Sept. 25 but was well beaten. She has two bullet works at Turfway since that race, including a best-of-33 at four furlongs last Saturday.

Luis Martinez Jr. retains the mount.

Money Card comes into the Scarlet and Gray off a victory in a claiming race at Mountaineer Park for trainer Shirley Girten-Drake. The leading money earner in the field, Money Card won that six-furlong event Oct. 20 by a head, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 85, the highest of any starter in the field at this distance or on the dirt.

Jane Magrell will ride.