10/23/2009 11:00PM

Find Handicap distance change at Laurel

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Heavy rains overnight in central Maryland curtailed the number of turf races on Saturday's Frank De Francis Memorial Dash card at Laurel Park and forced a distance change in the Find Handicap.

Two of the four events scheduled for grass were moved to the main track. A $16,000 claimer (race 3) and a first-level optional $50,000 claimer for 2-yaar-olds (race 5) were both shifted to one mile on a dirt track listed as fast.

The Find Handicap (race 8) and a claiming sprint (race 10) remained on turf, although the stakes was shortened from 1 1/8 miles to 1 1/16 miles because it was shifted from the far inside lanes to lane 5 on the six-lane turf Laurel course that was listed as firm.

The field for the featured Grade 1, $300,000 De Francis dropped to eight with the early scratch of the 20-1 monring-line longshot Saratoga Russell, who reportedly showed symptons of colic.