Trainer Carlos Garcia was concerned that a five-pound weight increase would be a major detriment yesterday as Brilliant Brass shot for her fourth straight stakes victory.
But neither the added weight, nor seven rivals had any effect as Brilliant Brass made a huge move on the final turn and roared to a five-length score in the $100,000 Geisha Handicap.
The 5-year-old roan mare carried 118 pounds, spotting from two to nine to a good field, including Boxwood, who was shooting for a sixth consecutive win.
Boxwood was game, but no match for the winner, who carried Edgar Prado from fifth to the lead within a furlong.
"I relaxed her, and when I took her outside at the three-eighths pole, she just took off," Prado said.
* The early pacesetter in the Preakness, Speakerphone, is OK after returning to trainer Dean Gaudet's barn in Laurel.
"He's fine," Gaudet said. "They just told me at the barn that he's stretched out sleeping. He ate all his dinner and all of his breakfast. He apparently came out of the race in good shape."
Speakerphone was ahead after the first six furlongs before being overtaken by Alydeed, then everyone else. He finished last in the 14-horse field.
Gaudet is unsure about Speakerphone's next start, but may place him back in a sprint since both of his distance wins followed short races.
* An unprecedented 240 simulcast outlets in the United States and Canada handled $19,338,393 on the Preakness on Saturday.
That shattered all previous records (set in 1989) when 87 outlets had total wagering of $18,519,289.
Locally, 85,294 people were at Pimlico and another 11,571 at the simulcast at Laurel Race Course for a total of 96,865, second highest in Preakness history and only 2,031 short of the 1989 record despite drizzly, rather chilly weather.
The total handle at the two tracks was $7,439,308, third highest behind 1989 and 1990.
MISCELLANEOUS Jockey Charles Fenwick III has been fined $1,000 by the stewards for "failing to persevere" with his mount, Johnny Use To, in the seventh race Thursday. He must pay the fine within 48 hours or face suspension. . . . The team of apprentice jockey Steve Hamilton and trainer H. Steward
Mitchell accounted for three victories yesterday. Tommy Turner had a riding double.