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Digest (Sept. 27): Champion returning to defend turf crown at Laurel Park

Digest (Sept. 27): Champion returning to defend turf crown at Laurel Park

Jump Sucker Stable's Blacktype could be the bridge from the Commonwealth Turf Cup and the renamed Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup (G2) to be run Saturday at Laurel Park. Blacktype, a French-bred son of Dunkerque trained by Christophe Clement, won by a half-length in last year's Commonwealth Turf. He returns to Laurel to try to become the first repeat winner of the 1-mile Grade 2 race on the grass. The $200,000 Baltimore/Washington International is the headliner for Laurel Park's "Class on the Grass" event. The 12-race program includes eight turf stakes, three of them graded, with $850,000 in purse money. There are two featured Grade 3 stakes for...