LAUREL -- Secret Ruby, which made all of the pace and appeared headed for an easy victory, broke down in mid-stretch yesterday at Laurel Race Course, and Closing Impact finished with a rush to win the featured Finder's Reward Purse.
Jockey Mario Pino eased Secret Ruby, and the filly was takeaway by horse ambulance. Pino was not injured.
Secret Ruby will have X-rays to determine the extent of her injury.
William Moorefield, riding his second winner of the day, guided Closing Impact home in 1 minute, 55 3/5
seconds and beat the place horse, Makin It Great, by six lengths.
The 1 1/8 -mile race was switched from the turf course to main track just before the post parade because of heavy rain. This caused four horses to be late scratches.
Free Orioles tickets
The first 4,000 paying customers at Laurel on Sunday will receive free tickets to an Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for games Sept. 8 9 or 16. Fans will have the choice of game dates.
Maryland Million day
Two horses, Brilliant Brass and Wood So, are being pointed for races on Maryland Million Day, Sept. 26, at Pimlico Race Course.
Brilliant Brass, which will run next in the $200,000 Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park, in Kentucky, Aug. 23, is expected to run in the $200,000 Maryland Million Classic against males.
Wood So will make her next start in the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff, a race she finished third in last year.
Sunny Sunrise, high weight at 117 pounds in tomorrow's $100,000 Polynesian Handicap at Laurel, worked a half-mile in 46 2/5 seconds yesterday.