01/31/2013 2:11PM

Laurel Park: Walkwithapurpose streaks into Wide Country Stakes

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Walkwithapurpose has won three straight races heading into Saturday’s $75,000 Wide Country Stakes.

Walkwithapurpose and She’s All Scat, who both won stakes at Laurel Park in their final start of 2012, will clash for the first time in Saturday’s $75,000 Wide Country Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

As one of two Maryland-breds in the seven-horse field, Walkwithapurpose gets to shoot for a $50,000 bonus from the Maryland breeding fund in the seven-furlong Wide Country. Since losing her career debut at Timonium, the Sagamore Farm-owned Walkwithapurpose has put together a three-race winning streak.

Trainer Ignacio Correas IV gave her a brief freshening after she romped by eight lengths as the even-money favorite in the 7 1/2-furlong Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship on Dec. 31. Her performance was flattered when Hot Fun, the distant runner-up, came back to win a first-level optional $50,000 claimer on Jan. 21. Hot Fun will take another crack at Walkwithapurpose on Saturday.

She’s All Scat upset the seven-furlong Gin Talking at 13-1 on Nov. 24. Trainer Mike Pino then shipped her to Florida, where she was ambitiously spotted in the Grade 3 Old Hat on New Year’s Day but finished last of five. She fits much better with the group she will meet in the Wide Country.

The stiffest challenge for the two stakes winners figures to come from Sense of Reality. Claimed out of a five-length maiden win for $25,000 in mid-November, Sense of Reality cruised to a 5 1/4-length victory in her first start for trainer Patricia Farro in a first-level allowance at Parx Racing on Jan. 1.

Last-out maiden winner Dear to All merits respect, based on trainer Tony Dutrow’s success with fillies and mares making their first start against winners in a sprint. Over the past five years, Dutrow’s record in that category is 14 for 30 (47 percent) with a profitable $2.53 return on investment.

Ek Haseena was head and head with She’s All Scat with a furlong remaining in the Gin Talking before drifting out late to finish second. Blinkers were added to her equipment for her first start of 2013, but she again gave way late as the even-money favorite in the 5 1/2-furlong race won by Hot Fun two weeks ago.

Power Lady, a distant third to multiple stakes winner Kauai Katie in the Old Hat, ships back north and will race with blinkers for the first time. She was forced to check in the stretch of the Smart Halo, finishing a close third.