Idle Talk caught In the Rough late to win the $75,000 Dahlia Stakes, a turf race for fillies and mares Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
Jockey Horacio Karamanos led the spotted grey mare through traffic as she charged to her fourth win in a row. This was the daughter of Olmodavor's first stakes attempt and her 6-year-old debut. The Mary Eppler trainee had competed for an $18,000 claiming tag as recently as last summer.
Idle Talk paid $32.00 and led a $169 exacta and a $1,063.60 triple.
Defending champion Baltimore Belle finished fifth.
Ben's Cat is upset
King Leatherbury got career win number 6,341 in the fourth race but not from 10-time stakes winner Ben's Cat. Kens Cape upset a strong field at odds of nearly 20-1 in a thrilling stretch drive, while Ben's Cat beat just two horses, finishing about three lengths behind his stablemate in the five-furlong turf sprint.
"It was good to win the race but nobody expected that," Leatherbury said.
Kens Cape, with Erick Rodriguez up, stalked the leaders around the turn and closed strongly to prevail by a neck over Ju Jitsu Jax. Super Chunky and Suzzona dead-heated for third.
Done Talking breezes
Illinois Derby winner Done Talking breezed four furlongs at Laurel Park in his penultimate work before the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
The Hamilton Smith trainee stopped the clock in 49.60 seconds and galloped out in 1 minute, 2.60 seconds with regular rider Sheldon Russell aboard.
"I wanted him to go in 49, so it worked out almost perfectly," Smith said. "He did it easy and came back to the barn bouncing. It was exactly what I was looking for. I am not worried too much about the time."
Done Talking, winner in three of seven starts, earned his Derby run by capturing the Illinois Derby two weeks ago.