BALTIMORE, JULY 18 -- Crafty Wife, a 2-year-old filly making her fourth start at as many tracks, edged away from Saved By Grace in the final yards to win the $39,400 Playpen Stakes at Pimlico today, the first stakes race in Maryland this year for 2-year-olds.
Crafty Wife had won two of three previous races, one at Monmouth Park in New Jersey and the other at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire. In her only losing effort, she finished third at Churchill Downs in the Debutante Stakes.
Today, the chestnut pressed or set the pace throughout the 5 1/2-furlong race and needed only strong hand urging by jockey Constantino Hernandez to win in 1:05 on a fast track.
She paid $6.20 as the favorite of the crowd of 11,907.
Said trainer Phil Gleaves: "This filly did well to come back after only six days since her last start. We'll give her some time off now." Added Hernandez: "She was going easy. . . . She's improving with every race."
In a $16,500 allowance event, Loose, a roan son of Bailjumper, ran a mile on a firm turf course in 1:36 to beat Summer Colony by two lengths.
The handle reached $1,389,619 on the 10-race card, more than $100,000 more than last year, when nine races were run.
Landon Conrad Haynes III made his first visit to a race track today while visiting from Wilmington, N.C., and hit the $14,137.80 first half of the Double Triple at Pimlico. The winning bet came off a single $3 wager on the numbers 9-3-7.
No one hit the second half of the Double Triple, worth $72,578.
"Y'all come to North Carolina," he said happily to mutuel clerk Dan Palmer, "and you'll enjoy our southern hospitality. I've never enjoyed myself so much. I've never been to a track before."