Gammy's Alden, coming on with a rush through the stretch, beat favored Jazzy One to the wire and won the Caesar's Wish Stakes yesterday at fog-shrouded Pimlico Race Course.
The victory was the third in a row for the 3-year-old filly, ridden by Mark Johnston. Gammy's Alden covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 46 1/5 seconds.
"This horse ran a tremendous race last time and she showed she was a racehorse," said Johnston. "In this one, I liked her even more. She did real good today. The other horse [Jazzy One] gave me a run for the money."
Kenwood Park took the early lead, with Jazzy One behind down the backstretch. Jazzy One made its move on the turn, took the lead at the top of the stretch and was cruising down the center of the track when Gammy's Alden, trained by Jack Winterbotham, slid through on the rail and beat Jazzy One by three-quarters of a length.
"She [Jazzy One] was going good, but when she took the lead at the three-eighths pole she started waiting for the competition," said Edgar Prado, her jockey. "She ran a pretty even race, but it wasn't good enough."
Winterbotham, who claimed Gammy's Alden for $12,000 March 13 at Laurel, said: "I was looking for a nice filly, and I was ecstatic when she won her first race [an allowance race at Pimlico on April 9]. I had nominated her for this race [the Caesar's Wish] before I ran her April 9. She did nothing today to make me regret my confidence in her."
NOTES: The hunch bet of the day was He Is Risen which won the eighth race with jockey Greg Hutton and returned $15.40 to win. . . . Andrea Seefeldt finished fourth on Mr. Bilbo in the first race and then was taken off the rest of her mounts. Seefeldt had a fever and was advised by the track doctor to stop riding for the rest of the day, a track spokesman said. . . . Alberto Delgado rode three winners yesterday and now has eight winners for the meeting. . . . Best Pal, who will run in the Pimlico Special May 9, had his first workout since shipping into Pimlico early Thursday. Best Pal, who has earned more than $1.25 million this year, galloped about a half-mile over the Pimlico course under exercise rider Ruben Hernandez. "We just gave him a light gallop so he could get the feel of the track," said Hernandez. . . . There will be no racing at Pimlico today, Easter Sunday. Racing will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m., featuring the Duck Dance Handicap. . . . Maryland horses ran second and third in the Cheating Arthur Purse at Philadelphia Park yesterday. David's Wolfe, trained by Bob Camac, was second, and Reputed Testamony, trained by Richard Hemmings, was third. J.R.'s Horizon, another Maryland horse and the favorite in the race, finished sixth.