09/17/2008 11:00PM

Laurel: Little form to go on in Oliver's Twist


Two-time winner Peace Town and recent maiden winner In the Juice are the two most intriguing entrants in a group of largely untested Maryland-bred 2-year-olds trying turf for the first time in the $50,000 Oliver's Twist at Laurel Park.

Among the nine runners, only Mr. Keeper, who is cross-entered in Saturday's Go for the Green at Delaware Park, and Count on Lou, a distant seventh in his turf debut, have raced on grass.

Peace Town, the track's 9-5 morning-line favorite, who has handled a fast track and mud in his two starts, will run only if the race gets moved to the main track, according to trainer Mike Trombetta.

"We worked him on the turf and we were not blown away by it," Trombetta said. "We are not sure whether he was just green or didn't like it."

In the Juice has an above average Tomlinson grass rating of 295 and is a half-brother to Apple Special, who won his turf debut sprinting last season and went on to win the Maryland Juvenile Championship.

The highest Tomlinson rating for grass belongs to Pilanesberg, but his trainer, James Ryerson, is 0 for his last 16 with 2-year-olds making their turf debut.