The question was fitness and favored Be Nimble showed he was feeling just fine yesterday in Pimlico's $18,000 allowance feature on the turf.
The 4-year-old gelding came flying from off the pace to defeat Alpine Choice by a neck at the wire in his first start since Jan. 11.
It was the third victory of the day for jockey Mario Pino, who steadily gained ground throughout the 1 1/16-mile affair and got Be Nimble up in a tight three-horse finish.
Long shot Sovereign's Escort was third, a head behind Alpine Choice.
Trainer Katharine Voss said she had been pointing Be Nimble for an April 30 race on the grass, but the race was moved to the dirt track because of weather.
* The double triple went untapped yesterday for the 13th racing day and 15th day overall. There was no double triple wagering offered on Preakness Day or Pimlico Special Day.
The pool has grown to $213,565.50.
Two patrons last hit the exotic bet April 30, collecting $6,716.10 each. Last March 22, the second largest Double Triple ever in the state ($375,350) was hit at Laurel.
* Rosecroft Raceway finished its winter-spring meeting with substantial gains in attendance and handle.
During a 64-night stand, the first meet under Colt Enterprises, attendance averaged 3,185 and the handle $488,752.
Rosecroft president Ted Snell expects continued prosperity during the summer from the Fort Washington track and its companion, Delmarva Downs near Ocean City.
"When off-track wagering is put into place this summer, we should see an increase in betting, not only on our track's racing from remote sites, but also in our building, during daytime simulcasts," Snell said.
Jim Morand took his 10th driving title at the track with 114 victories in the meet, which closed last Sunday. Betsy Brown edged Joe Offutt, 28-27, for the training title.
NOTES: Jockey Andrea Seefeldt has been granted a stay of her seven-day suspension by the Maryland Racing Commission pending a hearing. . . .The latest list of Maryland-bred money-winners for the year is topped by Wood So ($223,338) followed by Brilliant Brass, Forest Fealty, Valley Crossing and Sheltered View.