Jockey Julie Krone steered 58-1 longshot Disarco's Rib through close quarters in the stretch to win the featured $61,800-added Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico today by a neck over Now's The Time. Austin C. held to be third.
The victory could make Krone the first woman to ride in the Preakness, if her mount's earnings qualify him to run in the May 21 race.
Jockey Miguel Rivera, who won the 1974 Preakness with a daring move on the rail astride Little Current, tried the same tactic today but was stopped in mid-stretch and favorite Reap finished out of the money.
Krone, who became the the first woman to win an added-money race at Pimlico on the grass, said afterward, "We were last early like Mr. Dutrow (trainer Dick Dutrow) told me. He should not have been 50-to-1. Everybody got into trouble in the stretch and we got through."
Dutrow said, "He goes in the Preakness if he's got enough earnings. Julie will definitely ride him. He was ready today."
Today's victory was worth $40,170, which brought Disarco's Rib's earnings to $52,000. He ran the mile on a firm turf course in 1:39.