Updated on 02/13/2013 7:44PM

Laurel Park: My Wandy's Girl, Brigand drill for holiday stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
My Wandy's Girl will ship to Laurel for Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap.

Two major players based at Belmont Park spent Wednesday morning training at Aqueduct for this holiday weekend’s graded stakes at Laurel Park.

My Wandy’s Girl, among the choices for Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, and Brigand, the probable favorite for Monday’s Grade 3, $250,000 General George Handicap, took separate vans from Belmont to Aqueduct on Wednesday to put in workouts for their upcoming stakes engagements.

My Wandy’s Girl, unraced since finishing third in the Grade 1 Gazelle last November at Aqueduct, worked a half-mile in 48.52 seconds. Later, she was assigned post 1 in a field of 10 entered for the Barbara Fritchie at seven furlongs.

Mike Hushion, trainer of My Wandy’s Girl, said Belmont Park’s training track was extremely sloppy Tuesday morning, and he was fearful of what condition the track would be Wednesday morning. He said he kept in contact with Glen Kozak, NYRA’s director of racing surfaces, who said he thought the Aqueduct track would be fast come Wednesday morning.

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“I’m happy we went there,” Hushion said upon his return to Belmont. “She went according to script.”

My Wandy’s Girl spent the bulk of her career in Puerto Rico, winning distance races before being sent to New York. On Nov. 15, she won the Pentelis Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs before running third to Dance Card nine days later in the Gazelle.

“I was really happy with her in the Gazelle,” Hushion said. “The thought here is if we take good care of her this winter, we could hopefully have a serious Grade 1 filly going long for the rest of the year.”

Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride My Wandy’s Girl.

Hushion also will send out Nicole H in the Barbara Fritchie. Nicole H finished second in last year’s Barbara Fritchie, run down late by Magical Feeling.

Unlike My Wandy’s Girl, who is coming off a 12-week layoff, Nicole H is running back in two weeks following her head loss to Cluster of Stars in the Correction at Aqueduct on Feb. 2. In part due to an interrupted training schedule due to the weather, Hushion decided against working Nicole H on Wednesday.

“I might have gone a slow three-eighths with her or something like that, but I didn’t want to put her through going over there or breeze her over [at Belmont], though they did a miraculous job with this track,” Hushion said.

Nicole H, the 122-pound highweight, will break from post 5 under Daniel Centeno.

Other contenders include Bold Affair, a seven-time stakes winner who drew post 8, and Onepointhreekarats, a winner of three straight races who drew post 3.

Others entered include Withgreatpleasure, Morrow Cove, Dance to Bristol, Ms Cruisen’, and Funnys Approval.

The Fritchie will run as race 8 on the nine-race card.

Brigand breezes for General George

A little before My Wandy’s Girl breezed, Brigand worked five furlongs in 1:00.04 at Aqueduct in preparation for the General George.

Aqueduct clockers caught Brigand in splits of 25.23 seconds for the quarter and 48.20 for the half-mile.

Tonja Terranova, who is overseeing the training of Brigand for trainer Bob Baffert, said “He worked beautiful. He came home in 23 and change and he’s doing terrific.”

Brigand, winner of four of his last five starts, including the City of Laurel Stakes two back, was assigned 116 pounds. He will carry one less than Il Villano, winner of the Dave’s Friend Stakes at Laurel on Dec. 29.

Others expected to enter the General George as of Wednesday were Associate, Broad Rule, Fiddlers Afleet, Javerre, and Thunder Lord. Possible entrants included Bellefire, Harbor Kid, and Heritage Hall.

Service for Ten steps up in Campbell

Service for Ten, coming off two allowance wins – both around two turns – makes his stakes debut in Saturday’s $75,000 John B. Campbell Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

Service for Ten, a Virginia-bred son of Service Stripe, has won 5 of 8 starts in his career, all at Laurel Park. He will break from post 4 under Julian Pimentel.

Others entered include Norman Asbjornson, last in the Native Dancer last out; Concealed Identity, Avenida Paseo, Adirondack King, and Peasant.

The Campbell will run as race 6 on the nine-race card.

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