Miss Legality blazed through a half mile Sunday in her final workout for the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
It was a harbinger.
The 4-1 third choice in the betting , she made a shambles of seven rivals in the real thing yesterday, leading at every post to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
Spinning Round, the even-money favorite, was never in contention and finished sixth.
"I said to Chris (jockey Chris McCarron) that if she takes the lead, let her go," said trainer Sonny Hine, who has Technology in the Preakness today.
"She runs better off a horse. But I couldn't find a horse in this field with enough speed to run with her. He had a strong hold on her out of the gate."
Only Known Feminist, a local horse who was running in claiming ranks last February, pressed the issue.
Known Feminist stayed on Miss Legality's heels for the entire 1 1/8 miles and went on to grab second in her first stakes effort. Diamond Duo, another Maryland horse, was a solid third.
Craig Perret, on Spinning Round, said his mount "was pinched in most of the way. Going around the first turn, she didn't have any room. Then, she was in between horses. She's just a little filly and she got bounced around. When she tried to move the other horses wouldn't let her."
The second choice, Preach, running on first-time Lasix, moved into contention after three quarters of a mile, then faded.
"The pace was slow and I had to move a little sooner than I wanted," said Mike Smith of Preach. "I thought 'you gotta get there', otherwise you're going to get caught in a shuffle and you'll never get there."
But after seven furlongs, Smith said "she just floated out of the bridle from there."