10/07/2007 11:00PM

Maryland Million classic winners to meet

EmailRecent stakes winners Five Steps and Frank the Barber top a field of 10 horses entered Monday for this weekend's Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park.

The $300,000 Classic is the richest of a 12-race Saturday card restricted to the offspring of Maryland stallions. Overall, 120 horses were entered, including 13 apiece in two of the starter handicaps and the $200,000 Maryland Million Turf.

Five Steps, third in last year's Classic, comes into the 1 3/16-mile race off back-to-back stakes wins at the Meadowlands and Charles Town.

Frank the Barber, a Southern California-based 3-year-old who has run on either turf or synthetic surfaces in 10 of his 14 starts, most recently won the 1 1/8-mile Pomona Derby over a sloppy dirt track at Fairplex Park.

The Classic field also includes the last two winners of the race, Due and Play Bingo.

Two horses who won graded stakes this season, Silmaril and Moon Catcher, were entered in supporting stakes.

The 6-year-old Silmaril can surpass the $1 million mark in earnings if she can defend her title in the $150,000 Distaff, which drew a field of seven. Silmaril is coming into the seven-furlong Distaff off a victory in the Grade 3 Endine Handicap at Delaware Park.

Moon Catcher, winner of the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in the one-mile, $150,000 Oaks.