Shiny Sheet added a shiny line to her resume yesterday at Timonium Race Track.
The only horse in training at the Rathburn farm in Middleburg, Va., Shiny Sheet roared away from five rivals to an 11 1/2 -length victory in the $40,000 Alma North Stakes for older fillies and mares before a festive crowd of 5,411.
It was strictly a one-horse race around the last of three turns in the 1 1/16-mile affair that is restricted to Maryland-breds. With jockey Frank T. Alvarado supplying the urging, the winner accelerated with a flourish and was steadily widening the margin at the finish.
"She just ran away from them," said trainer Charles J. Hadry. "She's very consistent and gives you everything she has every time out there."
Now 5-for-12 lifetime with two seconds and three thirds, the daughter of Press Card out of Miss Otis added a third stakes win to her career and raised her lifetime earnings to more than $185,000.
It was the first ride aboard Shiny Sheet for Alvarado, who has competed on the New York and California circuits at times.
"I think she handled this [five-eighths mile] track pretty good," Alvarado said. "When we turned for home, I wasn't waiting for anybody. That was it."
The race was highly competitive for about six furlongs. But Magic Stream pulled up, and the others, including defending stakes champ Steppedoutofadream, were no match the rest of the way.
Shiny Sheet's winning time was 1 minute, 45 2/5 seconds over a fast track.
"We might point her to the Maryland Million, or there are a couple of races at Delaware we could go in," Hadry said. "I'd like to keep her on the dirt because, in her only race on grass, she had a bad trip."
If she goes in the Million, it would be in the filly and mare turf race.
"I was happy with the outside post [No. 7] in this one," the trainer said . "You can't get shut off or stopped from there."
Apprentice Ryan Fogelsonger is making a shambles of the Timonium jockey race.
With two of eight programs remaining, Fogelsonger has 16 victories on six cards after taking three races yesterday. Runner-up Frank Douglas had two wins yesterday to raise his total to seven, yet fell further behind.
Dale Capuano is in command in the race for the trainer's bonus, having saddled four winners.
Wonder where jockey sensation Horacio Karamanos has been during the Timonium stand?
He is on suspension through Sept. 21 for several riding infractions and frivolous appeals to the stewards, but has been granted permission to ride on Maryland Million Day and serve the final day of his suspension on Sept. 27.