Bold Affair caught front-runner Valiant Passion and rolled to a convincing victory in the $75,000 Primonetta Stakes, the feature offering Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Abel Castellano asked the 4-year-old filly to engage Valiant Passion around the far turn in the six-furlong test and they pulled away to win by 23/4 lengths, in 1 minute, 10.67 seconds. Aquitania rallied to finish second and Enchante took third.
"I was right behind the speed, and I just let her do her own. She did it well. As soon as I got to the front, she was much the best," Castellano said. "She keeps getting better and better. I am looking for her to have a big year."
The winner, trained by Howard Wolfendale, paid $4 as the program and post-time favorite. Castellano and Wolfendale teamed up to win the Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park on March 10 with the daughter of Two Punch in her previous start.
"Once she got rolling, it was not in question," Wolfendale said.
He said his horse would run next in the $125,000 Skipat Stakes on Black-Eyed Susan Day on May 18.
Note: Rosie Napravnik, who got her start in Maryland and recently began riding full time in New York, catapulted herself into the top 10 in the Aqueduct standings by winning four races.