Wedding Party, a well-bred filly belonging to the Locust Hill Farm, edged away from favored Sunny Sparkler in the stretch and won the $75,000-added Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico today by nearly a length.
Light-weighted Bemissed closed well for third, a neck farther back.
Wedding Party was allowed to coast early by jockey Craig Perret, then had to be put to severe pressure in the run to the wire. The victory for this daughter of Hoist The Flag was her fifth in eight starts on turf and brought her career earnings over $120,000.
"We beat a nice filly in Sunny Sparkler," Perret said. "I saw her in Florida this winter. But my filly loves a soft turf course and I was able to keep Sunny Sparkler outside of me for the drive."
Wedding Party ran the 1 1/16 miles over a yielding course in 1:50, far from the track record of 1:42 1/5. She paid $5.40 straight.
In the race immediately following the feature, jockey Mario Pino was thrown high over the head of his mount Russian Holiday when that filly broke down approaching the stretch. Pino did not appear to be trampled, but was taken to the track first aid station for observation, then released. The horse was humanely destroyed.