Peter Angelos got his winner yesterday. Or at least 30 percent of it.
Prospector's Fuel -- the even-money favorite in a coupling with Georgia K. -- sprinted to the front immediately from the No. 10 post and went on to trounce 11 rivals by five lengths yesterday in the $100,000 Maryland Lassie at Laurel.
It was an impressive showing by the speedy 2-year-old daughter Allen's Prospect in whom the Orioles owner has a 30 percent interest.
The race was sponsored by the Orioles and Angelos said his share of the winning purse (approximately $15,000) will go to the Oriole Foundation for charitable causes.
"I didn't like the way Georgia K. ran, but we won the race," said Angelos. Georgia K., owned solely by Angelos and named after his wife, never picked up her hooves and ran 11th.
The sponsorship was believed to be a first by a major-league baseball team of a thoroughbred race because of that industry's self-imposed restrictions.
Prospector's Fuel has lost only to Miss Claratius (twice) in her four-race career. Miss Claratius was not nominated for the Million card.
"Adding the blinkers made all the difference in the world on this filly today," said winning jockey Mario Pino. "She kept her mind on business and they weren't going to catch us."
Winning trainer Bill Donovan shipped the filly to Laurel beforehand to acclimate her to the racing strip. He did not appear in the winner's circle.
Fighting Countess rallied for second under Edgar Prado, who said, "I wish there had been a little more speed up front, so someone could run with that filly. She took an easy lead and we just couldn't catch her."
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