02/03/2016 3:04PM

Mid-Atlantic: Fritchie, General George fields in flux

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Lady Sabelia (right) wins the Willa On the Move Stakes at Laurel Park on Dec. 5.

The retirement of Eclipse Award winner La Verdad last weekend has resulted in added interest from horsemen for the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Stakes, according to Coley Blind, stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club. But as of Wednesday, the field for the $300,000 Fritchie, a seven-furlong race for older fillies and mares at Laurel Park on Feb. 13, remained in flux, according to Blind.

The expected starters include La Verdad’s Linda Rice-trained stablemate Hot City Girl; last year’s Fritchie winner, Lady Sabelia, who is trained by Robin Graham; Clothes Fall Off, who set a 5 1/2-furlong Aqueduct inner-track record in her last start; Thirteen Arrows, the winner of the Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds for Larry Jones; and Dancing House, who like Clothes Fall Off is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.

The Fritchie undercard will include a pair of $75,000 stakes, the John B. Campbell for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and the Maryland Racing Media Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

The second day of the Winter Carnival will be on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, when three stakes will be held: the Grade 3, $250,000 General George, a seven-furlong race for older horses; the $75,000 Miracle Wood, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds; and the $75,000 Wide Country, a seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Probables for the General George include Always Sunshine, trained by Ned Allard; the Larry Jones-trained Coup de Grace; Majestic Hussar, who is conditioned by Bill Campbell; and Sonny Inspired, trained by Phil Schoenthal.

Entries will be taken for the Fritchie card Monday. General George Day entries are due next Friday.