Claimed for $7,500 two weeks ago, Sneaky Lil won the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday.
Abel Castellano led the daughter of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze on a late charge to win the feature race of opening weekend. The 6-year-old mare pulled ahead in a late burst to win by four lengths.
"I started letting her go at the half-mile pole and we were clear on the outside," Castellano said. "I was worried about Over the Moon [the morning line favorite] who was behind us but didn't keep up with us. Then I set my sights on the Grove horse [Touch the Birds], who was inside of us and getting a terrific trip. But my horse responded and kept going."
Sneaky Lil paid $14.20, and improved her career record to six wins and 22 on-the-board finishes in 31 starts with earnings of $160,450.
Castellano and trainer Jamie Ness have teamed up for three victories in the first two days of the spring stand, also winning Friday's ninth race with Frontier Warrior and this afternoon's seventh with Regal Nurse.
The 28-year-old jockey had a riding triple Saturday and has five winners from 11 mounts to start the meet.
Trainer Hugh McMahon saddled back-to-back winners on the Saturday card, his second multiple-win day at Pimlico Race Course. McMahon visited the winners' circle with Candy Games ($3.60-third) and Thatsallshewrote ($10.60-fourth). He is 4-for-7 after the first two days of the spring meeting. McMahon, who won a career-best 98 races in 2011, is 31 of 120 this year.
Trainer Howard Wolfendale and owner Robert Cole also took a pair of races, scoring with Crack Thepat ($4.60-second) and Pennies Appeal ($5.20-sixth). The duo just missed out on a third victory when hard-charging Carrietta finished a nose behind 1-2 shot Regal Nurse in the eighth race. It was the seventh straight score for Regal Nurse.
'Take Charge' wins in Fla.
Take Charge Indy roared to a win in the $1 million Florida Derby, an important Grade 1 prep race for the Kentucky Derby.
Union Rags, the Michael Matz-trained colt and 2-5 favorite, made a late charge after being snarled in traffic for much of his trip. He finished third.
Ridden by 2009 Preakness winner Calvin Borel, Take Charge Indy led wire-to-wire and held off Reveron to win by one length and pay $17.40.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun