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Somebody Else takes Pimlico's first feature


Somebody Else showed Mark Johnston that she was ready to run yesterday, so the jockey simply looked for a clear lane.

They found it, and Somebody Else became the survivor of a four-horse charge to the wire in the $56,225 Park Heights Stakes, the opening-day feature of Pimlico's summer meeting.

Owner-trainer John Alecci's filly recorded her third straight victory by a half-length over pacesetter See Yu In Court, who fended over Irish Ivor and Jadeeda for place money.

"I didn't have much trouble other than she wanted to run," said Johnston, two days removed from edging Edgar Prado for the riding title at Laurel. "I was concerned about rating her. We found an opening and she kicked in."

In her last victory, July 10 at Monmout h Park, Somebody Else beat third-place Oops I Am, the favorite in the Park Heights, by a nose and a head under similar conditions.

But Oops I Am never got into the race yesterday.

"We had a rough trip," said jockey Edgar Prado. "Just got bothered when I wanted to run."

A Virginia-bred filly, Somebody Else completed the five furlongs on the turf in 57 4/5 seconds, only two-fifths of a second off the track record set by Sikkim in 1967.

"She's on the best roll of her life," said Alecci of Somebody Else who has earned more than $130,000 from 24 starts. "We'll just look for the best spot, long or short. We'll run her either way."

Johnston is also on a roll after nipping Prado, 38-36, in winning mounts at the Laurel meeting.

"That was very important to me," he said of the jockey title. "It was a goal I set for a few years. I knew I could do it and I had set my mind to it. Plus, I got a little lucky."

* Tomorrow Pimlico will have a seminar with David Scott and Mike "Roxy" Roxborough of the Daily Racing Form at 11:35 a.m. on the first floor of the grandstand.

The two are touring 20 North American race tracks to raise money for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Form.

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