Almeden, a 3-year-old son of Spanish Riddle, remained outside for the stretch run, then drew away to win the $30,000-added E. Taylor Chewning Handicap, Laurel's closing day feature yesterday.
Native Gunner rallied to finish second, two lengths back. Denunciator was third, another two lengths back.
The victory was the third in as many starts at the Laurel meeting for Almeden, who was ridden by Danny Wright, who said: "He was ready. I just rode him."
Almeden ran the mile in 1:38 and paid $7.
King T. Leatherbury edged Ron Alfano for the meet training title with 47 winners. Although Alfano lost by two in the Laurel figures, he tied nationally with Leatherbury, 186 winners each this year.
Jockey Donald Miller Jr. overcame three suspensions during the meeting to win the riding title over Jack Kaenel, 69 to 55.
Laurel's attendance decreased slightly to a 8,157 daily average and betting decreased slightly to a $1,099,450 daily average for the meeting.
The Maryland racing scene will shift to Bowie today with a 12:30 p.m. post time for the first race.
The feature will be the $50,000-added Resolution Handicap, with Thirty-Eight Paces and Sunny Winters, at the 1 1/16 mile distance.
The top races in the 60-day meet, which will end March 12, will be the Barbara Fritchie Handicap Feb. 27 and the John B. Campbell March 6.