Elektraline picks her spot, wins at Laurel

Johnston guides rally past `Valay' in Miss Spin

March 04, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Elektraline tracked the leaders along the rail, found a seam and surged to the front to win the $60,000 Miss Spin Stakes for older fillies and mares yesterday at Laurel Park.

Jockey Mark Johnston cleverly guided the Scott Lake-trained horse to a three-quarter-length score over Silent Valay (second) and post-time favorite Prized Stamp (third). The winner covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 17.43 seconds over a fast track.

Elektraline paid $13.40. She was the top half of a 1-2 $55.80 exacta and a 1-2-5 $122.20 trifecta.

"Turning for home, I knew Silent Valay would be running, so I tucked in behind her, followed her to the one-eighth pole, then swung out," Johnston said. "She just kicked in and went about her business. A come-from-behind style fits this mare much better than running early. When she makes a late run, she's always going to be tough to beat."

Assistant trainer Tim Hooper saddled the winner for Lake's barn. Elektraline won the Contrary Rose Stakes at Laurel Park in December, then was third and fourth in two stakes there in January.

Weather permitting, live racing will continue today with a 1:10 p.m post. Race eancellation notices will be reported on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM).

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