Lil Tyler won the second half of the divided General George Stakes at Pimlico today on a disqualification, but the star of the program was Broad Brush, winner of the first half of the feature with a finish that stamped him as a contender in the Triple Crown races.
Broad Brush ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 1/5, covering the final three-sixteenths in 31 seconds, fast for the track and muddy conditions. Lil Tyler ran the same distance in 1:45 3/5.
Broad Brush, a son of Ack Ack, fought off an early challenge from Swallow, drew off into the stretch, then withstood a strong late challenge by Fast Step, a well-regarded entry from New York, by a length.
Broad Brush paid $3.40 and Lil Tyler returned $4.20. Both were favored by the crowd of 6,303, who wagered only $896,403, compared with $1,000,466 on the same day last year.
The victory for Lil Tyler was his fourth in stakes company in his 13-race career. The $53,722 winner's share brought his earnings over $170,000.
Broad Brush has won four of six lifetime starts and has earnings over $100,000. He is expected to start next in Pimlico's $100,000-added Tesio Stakes.
In his race, Lil Tyler had the lead at the head of the stretch when Fobby Forbes, owned by Robert Brennan's Due Process Stable, drew even. The pair bumped several times in the run through the stretch and the "inquiry" sign was flashed as soon as Fobby Forbes pulled away in the final strides, crossing the finish line three-quarters of a length ahead of Lil Tyler.