Heavily-favored Weather Vane scored a front-running victory over six other 3-year-old fillies yesterday in the $31,950 Smart Hal Stakes, headliner of the Pimlico spring meeting opener.
It was the second stakes victory for the Maryland-bred filly owned by Par Four Stable and trained by Richard Delp. She won the Jameela Stakes at the recent Laurel meeting.
With Mario Pino aboard, she won by 3 1/2 lengths from Gala Goldie's Best and reached the finish line after six furlongs in 1: 11. The winning daughter of Willard Scott first turned back Logan's Shadow, then stayed clear of Gala Goldie's Best in the stretch.
At the finish, Misty Harbor was third, followed, in order, by Three Rifle Bride, Flip Trick, Pros- pectlea and Logan's Shadow.
Weather Vane paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10. Gala Goldie's Best paid $5.60 and $3.80. Misty Harbor returned $2.80 to show.
Pub Date: 4/03/97