Pretty Amusing, the longest shot in the five-horse field, rallied through the stretch yesterday to win the featured Believe It Purse at Pimlico Race Course.
Pretty Amusing, ridden by Marco Castaneda, was in the back most of the race while Tusculum Road and Ducere took turns setting the pace.
The 3-year-old colt, under strong urging from Castaneda, passed Tusculum Road at the eighth pole and pulled away to victory, covering the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43 2/5 seconds. Tusculum Road hung on for place, and the favorite, Doctor Fish, closed for show.
The win was the first since Nov. 4, at Laurel Race Course, for the Charlie Hadry-trained colt.
* Miracle Wood, winner of yesterday's first race under Edgar Prado, finished fifth in the 1986 Preakness, which was won by Snow Chief.
Miracle Wood made his 99th career start yesterday and has earned nearly $485,000. It was the 8-year-old gelding's 12th career victory.
Apprentice jockey Brian Miller won his first race in Maryland, scoring on Eppa in the fifth race. It was Miller's 20th start.
* A record 807 2-year-olds have been nominated for the Maryland Million, bringing the total number of thoroughbreds eligible for the 1 3/16-mile race, which will be run Sept. 8 at Pimlico, to more than 4,400.
* Jockey Greg Hutton, who was suspended for seven days Friday by the Pimlico stewards, has appealed that ruling to the Maryland Racing Commission.
Hutton was granted a stay of his suspension pending a commission hearing.