Danger Bearing won the $27,500 added Cameo Stakes at Laurel yesterday by three lengths over longshot Bonnie Maggie. Sunshine Beauty, another longshot, held on for third, more than a length behind the place horse.
Danger Bearing had been running at Meadowlands in New Jersey. In two starts there she finished out the money. She is trained by Bernie Bond.
The 2-year-old daughter of Rollicking broke on top in the Cameo, and was joined briefly in the run down the backstretch by Spring Triple. Turning for home, Danger Bearing showed her superiority as she bound away to clear lead then was ridden out to the wire by Chirs McCarron in 1.10 4/5 over a track tightened by the chilly weather.
McCarron said, "She made the lead on her own rounding the turn and I tapped her through the stretch to keep her honest."
Gunnar Lindberg, rider of the place horse, said "We got stopped at the head of the stretch. If we hadn't we would have been right on the money."
Danger Bearing returned $3.20 to win and topped a 3.5 exacta worth $63.20. The win put her yearly earnings past the $50,000 mark. She was running with the permissable drug Lasix yesterday.
In earlier races, post position No. 7 won the first three heats. Ole Bob Lehman and Lady Allegor collaborated for a $59.80 payoff. Better Turn made a strong stretch run to paid a popular $4.80 to win.
Yesterday's attendance figures of 12,210 and $1,406,079 showed a marked increase over the Monday after Christmas of last year. Laurel has been slightly off in both categories, partially because there have been more than 30 days of tracks rated other than fast. November and December have seen heavy precipitation.