LAUREL -- Share the Glory won the $60,000 Vanlandingham Stakes at Laurel Race Course in a setting that could be repeated here Oct. 20 in the $300,000 Laurel Futurity.
The colt, owned by Paul Mellon, arrived from New York as a 4-1 second choice, but by post time for the mile turf test he was a 1.7-1 favorite.
The son of Halo weaved in and out of traffic to get the lead, then held off the late bid of Kings Casino to win by a neck.
"I had a grand trip," said Herb McCauley, who rode the winner. "He wanted to look around once he got to the lead."
Trainer Mack Miller also liked what he saw.
"It was around two turns, and he hadn't raced around two before. He still runs a little green, but he doesn't seem to get scared when running close to other horses."
Share the Glory had won only one of three starts in New York, and that race had been on the turf. The easy victory prompted Miller to send the colt to Laurel for the Futurity, which is at 1 1/16th miles on the turf.
"He had never been on the turf until the morning of the race at Belmont Park," Miller said. "The morning of the race, they let him get on the turf and go around those cones [in the infield]."
Share the Glory won by 6 3/4 lengths.
Mellon's appearance yesterday revived memories of his past success in the race now known as the Budweiser International.
He won with Fort Marcy in 1967 and 1970, then Run The Gantlet in 1971.
"I can't remember winning much of anything at Laurel since then," Mellon said. "Perhaps the last one was Run The Gantlet."
Miller, who trained at that time for Charles Englehard, said, "He always kept me from winning the International."
Share the Glory, like most of the Miller-trained horses, wears a shadow roll (a roll of fleece placed on a horse's nose just below the eyes).
"I like them because they help keep things from flying in a horse's eyes. And it helps the owner spot his horses during a race," Mellon said, jokingly.
The Laurel Futurity has declined in status -- it used to be a Grade I event -- to the point these days that it is a Grade III.
But Mellon and Miller do have Eastern Echo, a candidate for Grade I events such as the Champagne Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Eastern Echo, unbeaten in three races, is the early favorite for the Champagne Stakes on Oct. 6 at Belmont Park.