Ameri Allen scored a $26 upset yesterday in the $100,000 USF&G Maryland Lassie, an early event on Maryland Million Day, but it would not have happened if Eric Fried had not spoken up on Friday.
When post positions were drawn for the Lassie, it was oversubscribed. Owners of 14 2-year-old fillies wanted to start, but the minimum permitted in six-furlong races is 12.
So two filles -- Ameri Allen and Marleneatthemall -- faced exclusion based on earnings as reported by The Daily Racing Form in a set of advance past performances.
Then Fried, the agent of winning jockey Alberto Delgado, noticed that the publication's records didn't list Ameri Allen's previous start, a fourth-place finish Aug. 31 at Philadelphia Park.
The past performances had been printed before that race.
"She picked up only $690, but it was enough to get her in the race," trainer Jerry Robb said. "That was the reason we sent her to Philadelphia Park in the first place. Before that race, she only had $870 in earnings. Eric spotted it and told the racing secretary's office, and they redrew the race. He deserves the credit."
So Ameri Allen, with Delgado aboard, earned a spot in the race as a 15-1 shot. She forced the pace set by Eager n Crafty, and stuck her nose in front of Ritchie Trail at the Pimlico Race Course finish line.
"I called attention to it," Fried said yesterday. "But once the race was redrawn, I didn't want to say anything else. I didn't want anyone to get in trouble."
*It's a tradition in big races with small fields for someone to unload a bundle of money to show.
It happened yesterday when Safely Kept won the $100,000 State of Maryland Distaff Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths over a six-horse field.
When the bets were first posted for Safely Kept, there was approximately $40,000 more bet on her in the show pool than might have been expected, even for an Eclipse Award winner such as Safely Kept.
She paid $2.10 to win. The profit on that extra $40,000 was $2,000. The race caused a minus pool of $10,260. That's the amount needed to pay a minimum of $2.10 on each bet.