Wait For The Lady came out of the gate first in the fog and mud and never looked back yesterday on the way to a five-length victory in the fifth running of the $100,000 Grade III Snow Goose Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.
The 4-year-old filly easily lived up to pre-race claims by hejockey, Alberto Delgado.
Before the race, Delgado said, "Nobody's going to beat her. Shhas the speed to win this race and that's what she will do."
After the race, Delgado was still beaming. "They can't go witme," he said. "She's too quick for them. It gives us a chance to save her down the backstretch."
One of "them" in the Snow Goose field of six, which ran over 1mile, was the even-choice favorite of Buy The Firm, the 5-year-old daughter of 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed.
Buy The Firm, top-weighted at 122 pounds with Edgar Pradaboard, was 7 1/2 lengths back of Wait For The Lady in third place.
Prado said, simply, "She didn't handle the mud."
It was the third straight stakes win this year for Wait For ThLady, who went off at 2-1 odds. She has earned $129,980 this year after being claimed for $25,000 last year by owners Charles and Elaine Bassford of Davidsonville, Md.
Wait For The Lady is trained by King T. Leatherbury.
"I thought she'd like it [the mud] but I wasn't sure," Leatherbursaid. "She obviously likes it. I was worried about the 3 horse [My Treasure] going with us and softening us up. A horse on top in the slop has the advantage."
But Wait For The Lady waited for no one, including My Treasurewho finished fifth.
Overturned, with Rick Wilson up, was second to the runawawinner.
* The first $25,000 Maryland Million handicap will be run on the May 18 Preakness Day program at Pimlico.
The race will be limited to Maryland Million-nominated 3-year-oldand up that have started for claiming prices of $12,000 or less since June 30.
The new race will be run over 1 3/16 mile, the same distance athe Preakness.