LAUREL -- The record was in the Daily Racing Form for everyone to read, but the result fooled many horseplayers.
Iceycindy had shown exceptional speed in middle distance races and on the turf. She had supreme early speed in sprints, and there she was, going off at 14-1 in the 7-furlong Straight Deal Handicap yesterday at Laurel Race Course.
Perhaps Francis Martin's filly needed a little help, and she got it at the start when 4-5 favorite, Queena, began acting up and was not alert when the gate opened.
The result was a half-length victory in the $100,000 race for fillies and mares. Iceycindy led all the way with Mario Pino aboard.
As sixth choice, she paid $30 as an upsetter in her first stakes victory since winning the Very Subtle Handicap hero with the same front-running tactics.
Queena finished second, followed by Thirty Eight Go Go, McKilts, Hushi, Molly Bolt, Channel Three, Lucky Delight, Saucy Gaylord and Double Bunctious.
Queena and Double Bunctious (17-1) shared the top-weight assignment. Each carried 116 pounds. Iceycindy got in with 111 pounds but carried 113 because Pino couldn't make the weight.
The triumph was No. 10 at the meeting for trainer Vinnie Blengs' stable. He's 9th in the Laurel standings which are headed by King Leatherbury with 24 winners.
"I thought she'd do real well here," said Pino, who rides the filly occasionally. "I worked her real good twice here, and she was dropping back to a sprint. When the other filly [Queena] would gain a little ground on her in the stretch, she'd dig in and move on away from her."
Iceycindy, a daughter of Northrop, picked up a $60,000 winners' share to increase her career earnings to $181,061.
Mike Smith, who was tossed aboard Queena by trainer Shug McGaughey, noted that "the winner got away with an easy quarter [23 2/5 seconds] and finished up strong."
The Thanksgiving Day card that began at 10:30 a.m. was completed just before 3 p.m., with 12,567 attending at Laurel and the Pimlico intertrack facility.
The total mutuel handle, for 10 races, $1,897,898. A year ago on this holiday, the two betting facilities handled $1,395,831 under poor weather conditions and some snow on the ground.