03/25/2009 11:00PM

Foreigner joins five-way rematch at Laurel


Five horses who met in last month's John Campbell Handicap - including one-two-three finishers Richard's Kid, Bullsbay, and P V Lightening - are entered for another 1 1/8-mile stakes Saturday at Laurel Park.

The most intriguing runner in the $50,000 Harrison Johnson Memorial Handicap might be a foreign import who was a non-factor in the Campbell.

Admiral's Cruise, sixth in the Campbell while making his first start on dirt following a layoff of nearly 17 months, could prove a live longshot in a field where at least two of the 11 older horses entered are unlikely to run.

Kurbat, an impressive winner in his United States debut, and Ryan's for Real, a Grade 3 winner last spring, are cross-entered in a 1 1/8-mile allowance worth $40,000 Saturday night at Charles Town that serves as a prep for the Charles Town Classic on April 18. Both are expected to scratch from the Johnson to run out of town.

Their absence could enhance the chances of Admiral's Cruise. He was good enough on turf in Europe to twice compete in the Arc Trial and was beaten less than four lengths in a pair of Group 2 stakes in England in 2007.

Returning from a long break, the 7-year-old Admiral's Cruise hesitated at the start of the Campbell and rallied mildly to pass three horses and gain almost seven lengths in the final three furlongs. His trainer, Rodney Jenkins, is 5 for 23 (22 percent) with route horses making their second starts following a long layoff, according to DRF's Formulator.