Running through a driving rain that hit some 15 minutes before post time, Miss Horatius nipped Tiny Grasshopper by a nose in the $14,500 feature at Pimlico Race Course yesterday.
Tiny Grasshopper easily overtook Soot's Orphan in the turn in the six-furlong ninth race, but Miss Horatius angled to the inside for the drive and caught her in the last stride.
The triumph was the seventh in the 16-race career of Miss Horatius, who was ridden yesterday by apprentice Calixto Juarez. She paid $7.80 to win as second choice in a field of six 3-year-old fillies.
Despite the rain, the track was rated fast for the feature. For the program finale, it was sealed by the track maintenance crew and rated sloppy.
Juarez won that one, too, coaxing Nicoles Sweetheart to an off-the-pace victory. The late Daily Double returned $55.80.