It was not hard to tell which two horses were owned by Charlie Keller in last night's divisions of the $107,000 Lady Baltimore Pace at Freestate.
Keller, a former New York Yankees outfielder, names all his horses after his old team. So when Miss Yankee won the first division in track record time for 2-year-old fillies (1:59.1), you can guess who was in the winner's circle. In the stakes' second division, Keller's Mrs. Yankee finished sixth.
The second division did not go well for harness racing's top driver, Herve Filion, either. Filion, who came to Maryland from New York to drive the favorite, Turn The Tide, found himself boxed in coming down the stretch and bumped Little Lady Jo.
Turn The Tide finished first in 1:59.2, but was disqualified, allowing Farmstead Future, with leading driver Wayne Smullin, to get the win. Filion's horse was moved back to fourth, with Spring Fling second and Little Lady Jo third.
In the first division, Miss Yankee, the odds-on favorite, went right to the front and stayed there. Driven well by William Roberts, Miss Yankee raced the fastest mile of the year by a 2-year-old filly on a five-eighths mile track.
Second choice Polo Club finished second, contending with the winner before losing by three-quarters of a length. Skippers Quilla, driven by Filion, came in third.