Owned By All won the $50,000-added Geisha Handicap at Pimlico today but had to survive a claim of foul for the victory.
The claim was lodged by Mario Pino, the rider of Scotch Heather, the original third-place finisher, who said that Vince Bracciale astride the winner had cut him off in the stretch run.
After a lengthy viewing of the video reruns, the stewards disqualified Martins Choice, the second-place finisher, and moved Scotch Heather up to second.
Owned By All was on the extreme outside and Martin's Choice was in the middle of the track in midstretch, where Pino tried to drive Scotch Heather through. Owned By All came in and Martins Choice bore out under Paul Nicol, but the stewards decided that only Martins Choice was at fault.
Bracciale said, "I knew the race would come from the rear. I waited for Scotch Heather to come, and I beat her."
The victory in the Geisha was Owned By All's second in succession in the Pimlico fixture. Today she paid $4.80 as the favorite of the crowd of 7,196 and topped an exacta with Scotch Heather for a $10.80 return.
The tempo at Pimlico is upbeat this week as Preakness and other feature race contenders put in their final workouts.
I Am The Game, last year's 3-year-old Maryland-bred champion, had an outstanding seven-furlong workout in 1:24 between races at Pimlico in preparation for the Baltimore Breeders' Cup Handicap. That race will be run on Preakness Saturday. I Am The Game went in fractions of 23 4/5 for the quarter, 47 2/5 for the half-mile and 1:11 3/5 for six furlongs.
By way of comparison, Snow Chief, one of the favorites for the Preakness, worked the same seven-furlong distance this morning in 1:25 3/5, or eight lengths slower than I Am The Game.
Timelessleigh, a filly trained by William Boniface, worked six furlongs in a brisk 1:12, also between races. The lightly raced filly is preparing for Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, a $100,000-added affair at 1 1/16 miles.
Early this morning, Badger Land, one of the favorites for Saturday's Preakness, worked six furlongs in 1:15. Said part owner Jeff Lukas: "If I could have written the script for this workout, I couldn't have done better." Badger Land went the quarter in 25 3/5 and the half in 49 seconds.
Badger Land finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby after encountering traffic problems at the start and going wide on both turns. He was beaten by less than five lengths by Ferdinand.
Broad Brush, the third-place finisher in the Derby under Bracciale, will work Tuesday morning in his final preparation for the Preakness. He will be ridden by Chris McCarron in the Preakness.