Singing Susan virtually clinched the title of best 2-year-old filly bred in Maryland by winning the Bowie Kindergarten Stakes yesterday over Northern Sting by almost three lengths. It was another nose back to longshot No Body Else's in third position.
After the victory at Bowie Race Course, trainer John Parisella said, "We got the money here, we'll be back for the Selima and then on to California."
The Selima, one of the three Grade One races run at Laurel, is at 1 1/16 miles, possibly a final run for Singing Susan before she takes on the undefeated Landaluce at Santa Anita or Hollywood Park in her quest for national honors.
Singing Susan has won six of seven career starts and, with the winner's share of the Kindergarten, $53,820, her lifetime earnings exceed $150,000.
There was considerable early speed in the feature, and jockey Miguel Rivera decided to discourage several challengers after the first half mile. That was when he asked Singing Susan for speed.
By the time the eight-horse field hit the home stretch, Singing Susan was drawing away, into a strong headwind. The bay ran the seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5, the identical clocking of the veteran campaigner Lord Duck in winning the previous race. The winning mutuel was $3.
The crowd of 11,155 wagered $1,520,059 on the nine-race card, a rise of 5.1 percent over the comparable date last year. The Bowie meet concludes Monday.