Another Legend, the only proven turf runner in the field, came from off the pace and pulled away to a three-length victory in the $50,000 Lady Dean Stakes at Pimlico yesterday.
Ridden by Edgar Prado, the 3-year-old filly upheld her 3-to-5 odds, completing the 1 1/16 miles over the grass in 1:42 3/5.
Triple Crown nominee Palliser Bay was second by eight lengths over Eire One.
Another Legend has never been out of the money on the infield course and she came to Maryland after a fine winter in Florida despite no victories.
"At Gulfstream, she ran real well against Miss Union Avenue, who is one of the top turf fillies around," said trainer Vinnie Blengs. "So I felt good coming into this race."
Another Legend, running inside, stalked front-running Crescent Park for six furlongs. Prado took her off the rail and outside of Palliser Bay, gaining the lead comfortably and widening the margin at the finish.
"I was confident at the top of the stretch," said Prado. "I was trying to save until the end. We were in good position and she kicked right in."
Blengs said he will explore the possibilities for the filly's next start. "I'd like to keep her around here for her next race, but we'll have to see what's available," he said."
None of the other six fillies had ever competed on turf, but Palliser Bay showed she doesn't mind the surface.
"I can't knock her performance," said jockey Larry Reynolds. "She's still a little green, but we trained her on the turf and she loved it."
Cigar heads 'Special' field
Cigar, the Maryland-bred who won the $750,000 Oaklawn Stakes on April 15, heads a tentative 11-horse field for the May 13 Pimlico Special.
Pimlico officials are awaiting word from the connections of several other possible starters.
Cigar, a 2 1/2 -length victor over Silver Goblin in the Oaklawn, is the top handicap horse in America. He looms as the favorite for the $600,000 Grade I race, which is run at the Preakness distance of 1 3/16 miles.
Cigar is on a six-race winning streak, four in Grade I stakes.
Robert E. Meyerhoff's Concern also is among the nominees after finishing third in the Oaklawn. Maryland's 1994 Horse of the Year, Concern is the all-time leading money earner among state-bred horses.
Concern, trained by Dick Small, won last year's Breeder's Cup Classic by a neck over Tabasco Cat. He probably will be joined in the Pimlico Special by stablemate Sticks And Bricks.
The rest of the early field includes 1993 Special winner Devil His Due, Dixie Hero, Federal Funds, local runner Frugal Doc, Higher Strata, Kissin Kris, Mahogany Hall and Party Manners.
Donnie Miller has drawn a seven-day suspension from the stewards for his ride aboard Morgan Springs in the sixth race Friday. The horse, which finished first, was placed fourth. The penalty begins tomorrow, but Miller will be allowed to ride in the Woodlawn Stakes Saturday and serve the final day the next Tuesday. . . . The double-triple was canceled yesterday after Ramhattan was scratched from the third race. . . . Arkansas Derby runner-up Flitch is a Preakness possibility. He is a half-brother to 1993 Preakness winner Prairie Bayou.