LAUREL -- Donnie Miller knows it's a wide country. Yesterday, he wanted badly to beat Wide Country.
But a bid from Ritchie Trail -- Miller's mount in the $75,000 Jameela Stakes at Laurel Race Course -- fell a head shy of catching heavily favored Wide Country, and Miller's farewell ride was a narrow loser.
Miller is making the 3,000-mile, cross-country flight today to San Francisco and the northern California circuit, where he will begin riding regularly after 10 years as a Maryland standout.
Asked whether he was thinking about how nice it would be to win in his last mount before leaving, Miller said: "Before the race, during the race and after the race."
Miller will make occasional returns to his home state. The first will be next Sunday, when he rides He Is Risen in the Private Terms Stakes.
For Wide Country, the 1-5 favorite, the Jameela marked her fourth straight stakes victory and sixth of nine overall.
"This filly is much better going long," said winning trainer Bob Camac. The 1 1/16-mile Jameela followed victories in two 6 1/2 -furlong races.
Wide Country, ridden by Santos Chavez, ran the distance in 1 minute, 45 4/5 seconds and topped a mere $4.20 Exacta.