Steel Maiden heads a field of 10 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $30,000-added Hilltop Stakes, which highlights the final card of Pimlico's 90-day meeting.
Twice a stakes winner in 1986, Steel Maiden finished second to 2-year-old champion Family Style in her last race, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Alberto Delgado will ride the Charlie Hadry-trained filly.
Allen Stacy and Ron Alfano received awards today as Pimlico's leading jockey and trainer. Stacy has 97 victories at Pimlico -- 30 more than Donald Miller Jr. -- and is second in the nation behind Pat Day. He needs three winners Saturday to become the fifth jockey to ride 100 winners at a Pimlico meeting. Alfano has 43 victories, 13 more than King Leatherbury.
Pimlico is averaging 8,875 fans (up .2 percent) and a $1,161,266 handle (down .4 percent).
Laurel Race Course's opening-day card Sunday will feature the six-furlong Pinafore Handicap.
During June, Laurel offers 10-race cards, with Wednesdays and Fridays dark. In July, the track will return to nine-race programs, Thursday through Tuesday.
Vandy's Friend passed three horses in the stretch, defeating Gritti Palace by a length in today's five-furlong, $16,000 feature race. Traders Pal was third.
Mario Pino rode Vandy's Friend to victory in 58 seconds flat.