Maxixe drove past Change A Babe entering the stretch and went on to a surprising victory in the $45,325 Park Heights Handicap at Pimlico Race Course yesterday.
Maxixe, the only gray in a field of 11 fillies and mares, finished a neck in front of I Like Secrets in the five-furlong turf race.
"This filly was sharp as nails," said Tommy Turner, who picked up the mount on Maxixe in midafternoon.
Maxixe, a 4-year-old Canadian-bred, had won only $59,083 from 22 prior starts and, accordingly, was a 29-1 shot yesterday. But after breaking sharply, she trailed only Change A Babe to the top of the stretch, then steadily edged clear once Turner set her down. I Like Secrets, who altered course to the inside in the deep stretch, was her only rival in striking distance in the final yards.
"A couple more jumps and I would have had it," said Marco Castaneda, who rode I Like Secrets.
Fluid Dancer finished third, another three-quarters of a length back, and Baby o' Mine was fourth. In the Curl, the 5-2 favorite, was never a factor and finished last.
In the Curl was running on six days' rest after finishing second to Safely Kept on the Maryland Million program. From her $718,375 career bankroll, only $18,894 had come on turf. "She just bobbled the whole way," said jockey Mike Luzzi, who rode three other winners on the card.
NOTES: Maxixe paid $60.40 to win and led off a late Daily Double worth $1,714.80. . . . Eddie Gaudet has assumed the training of some horses for Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Sharp. Charlie Peoples, the Sharps' longtime trainer, is scaling down his workload but will continue training about half of the Sharp horses, including Baron de Vaux. . . . The Double Triple carry-over has reached $91,415.20; its value should surpass 6 figures tomorrow. . . . Jockey Brian Miller is leaving Maryland for his home state of Kentucky.