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The Baltimore Sun

Silmaril won the $80,000 What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Park yesterday to go over the $1 million mark in lifetime earnings.

The win was her 12th stakes victory.

Jockey Jeremy Rose rode Silmaril for trainer Chris Grove. The 7-year-old daughter of Diamond broke last in the field of six, and Your Flame in Me took the lead.

Rose was content to keep his mount wide but within striking distance and took command toward the end of the six-furlong race to win by two lengths in 1:10.54. All Giving finished second, and La Chica Rica took third. Your Flame in Me finished last.

Silmaril paid $6.

"This is it," owner Stephen Quick said in a statement. "We did what we came out to do today. I hope all the fans appreciated it." The Bowie-based mare, who won stakes at five distances, became the 17th Maryland-bred millionaire.

The $48,000 first-place earnings allowed her to move ahead of Urbane and Jameela on the all-time list. Silmaril now ranks 15th on the list with $1,032,973.

"Class prevailed today," Grove said. "She told me for the last week and a half that she was ready to go. I started crying when I was cinching up the girth knowing it was the last time that I was going to do it."

Silmaril is headed to the breeding shed at Stephen and Sue Quick's St. Omer's Farm in Harford County.

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