11/16/2016 6:09PM

Not all nine entered for De Francis Dash may run

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Trainer David Jacobson is unsure whether Stallwalkin' Dude will ship to Maryland for the De Francis Dash or remain in New York for next week's Fall Highweight.

The Grade 3, $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Saturday has drawn a strong field of nine. But the field could lose a few starters because Mid-Atlantic horsemen have two other sprint stakes to choose from over the coming days.

The De Francis is one of three options between Saturday and Thanksgiving. The $200,000 Fabulous Strike will be run at Penn National next Wednesday night, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight will be held at Aqueduct the next day. All three races are for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

X Y Jet and Ivan Fallunovalot have shipped to Maryland for the De Francis but New York-based Stallwalkin' Dude, trained by David Jacobson, and Weekend Hideaway, who races for Phil Serpe, are not yet definite for the race.

"I'm going to take a look at the race, evaluate it, and decide between it and the Fall Highweight," Jacobson said. "I'm always leaning to run in New York because that's where we are stabled. I'll discuss the options with my partner, Sol Kumin, and then we'll decide."

Serpe said Weekend Hideaway is under consideration for all three races.

"We entered but we're not committed to the race," Serpe said. "We have three stakes stacked on one another, which is ridiculous to me. We're cross-entering at Penn on Friday. We like to run in New York when we can, that's where we're stabled, but he's had a good year and we also want to give him the best opportunity."

Stallwalkin' Dude, whom Jacobson claimed for $16,000 in September 2014 at Gulfstream Park, scored the first graded win of his career last out in the seven-furlong Bold Ruler. He has won 10 of his last 27 starts while working his way up the class ladder.

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"The thing with him is, it's not even getting the graded win, it's just how consistent he's been for so long," Jacobson said. "You just don't see that at this level."

Stallwalkin' Dude drew post 9 in the De Francis and has Joe Bravo named to ride.

Weekend Hideaway has made five of his six starts this year in the New York-bred ranks, winning three times. In his lone open-company start, he finished third, beaten two lengths, in the Grade 1 Vosburgh.

Weekend Hideaway drew post 4. Paco Lopez has the mount.

X Y Jet, will be making his second start since having a knee chip removed following a close second-place finish in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai in March. The possible De Francis favorite, he will start from post 8 for trainer Jorge Navarro. Emisael Jaramillio will be aboard.

Midwest-based Ivan Fallunovalot has won five of his six starts since August 2015, with his only loss coming in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Sprint. He arrived at Laurel by van from Remington Park on Tuesday. He is trained by Tom Howard, and will be ridden by Calvin Borel from post 2.

The field also includes Sonny Inspired, Pomeroy's Package, Life in Shambles, Final Prospect, and Rockinn On Bye.

The11-race Saturday card at Laurel includes six additional $100,000 stakes, and is dominated by large, competitive fields.