Michael Dubb's Greed and Fear took the overland route to victory in Saturday's feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
Sent to post at 4-1 under Horacio Karamanos for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, the Bob and John filly broke from the outside post in the field of nine, traveled four-wide down the backstretch, then swept up and around on the leaders around the turn and drew off in the stretch to an impressive, 11/4-length score in 1 minute, 25.13 seconds for the seven-furlong distance.
"We saw a lot of speed in the race. I was to put her wherever she was comfortable, a couple of lengths behind. I did that and my filly did the rest," Karamanos said.
Greed and Fear, who was claimed by Rodriguez for $50,000 at Saratoga in August, paid $10.80. Post-time favorite Holiday Soiree rallied to take second. Los Ojitos finished third.
Karamanos rode three winners on the card to climb to within three of front-runners Sheldon Russell and Abel Castellano in the Laurel Park fall-meet jockey standings with 25 days remaining in the stand. The 39-year-old also scored aboard Stormy n' Sly ($6-fifth) and Lion Down by Me ($8.20-seventh) to bring his total to 31victories.
"It looked like I might have a good day, and my horses ran good today," added Karamanos, who has won 19 races on the turf. "I thought we had a good chance in the stake. This could have been her third straight victory if she didn't get in trouble in her first start for Rudy. I just needed to make sure we were in the right position, and that's what happened."
Russell and Castellano have each visited the winners' circle 34 times. Julian Pimentel also has 31 first-place finishes.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun