Impish Lad, the longest shot in the race, led from the first jump and edged Fortunate Lance in the final strides to win the featured $20,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.
Impish Lad, ridden by Marco Casteneda, covered 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 45 3/5 seconds. Robert's Choice rallied through the stretch to get third.
Fortunate Lance, ridden by Mike Luzzi, and Forty Something, with Mark Johnston aboard, are Triple Crown nominees.
Impish Lad, trained by Vincent Blengs and owned by Monarch Stables, won his first race since Jan. 17 at Laurel Race Course. The gelding is by Imp Society out of the Swoon's Son mare, Mineota Lass.
* Jockey Edgar Prado did not ride after the third race yesterday. His wife reportedly was ill, and Prado left the track to be with her at home.
* Jockeys Joe Rocco and Joe Peterson won two races each. One for Rocco was because of disqualifications.
Rocco finished second aboard Passive in the first race behind Trishman, ridden by Mario Pino. However, Trishman was taken down and placed third by the stewards because of bumping in the stretch run, and Passive was moved up to first. Rocco won the sixth race aboard Darby Road.
Peterson won the third race on Sun Belt and the fifth race on Gretchen's Lou, beating Alden's Crown, ridden by Casteneda, by a nose. Alden's Crown was disqualified from second for bumping in the stretch and placed fourth.
* Jet Stream and Reputed Testamony, who finished 1-2 in the Native Dancer Handicap at Laurel, will renew their rivalry in Sunday's Jennings Handicap.
The Jennings will be simulcast to Philadelphia Park and Garden State Park.
* Pimlico will simulcast the $200,000 Orchid Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf from Gulfstream Park on Sunday. Charon, winner of last year's Black-eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico, is expected run in the race for fillies and mares.
* My Treasure worked three furlongs in 34 3/5 seconds yesterday at Pimlico, and Fire Plug, the 8-year-old gelding who was third in the General George Stakes at Laurel last month, drilled a half mile in 48 seconds. Trainer Bobby Camac may start Fire Plug in the J. Edgar Hoover Handicap on March 29.
* Three stakes winners from New York will challenge Wait for the Lady in tomorrow's $100,000 Snow Goose Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles at Pimlico.
Buy The Firm, which won the New Move Handicap; Overturned, Rare Treat Handicap winner; and My Greasure, which won the Affectionately Handicap; will battle King Leatherbury's Wait for the Lady.
Buy The Firm is top-weighted at 122 pounds. Wait for the Lady, which won the Gala Lil and Squan Song handicaps at Laurel, will carry 116, and Overturned and My Treasure will both carry 115 pounds.
* Owner-trainer Annette Eubanks has been suspended by the Pimlico stewards for 15 days, Saturday through April 6, because Keep A Count, which finished third in the third race at Laurel on March 9, was found to contain an illegal substance.