BALTIMORE, SEPT. 14 -- Today's 10-race program at Pimlico Race Course included five races for nonwinners, but a controversial disqualification and two spills made the card anything but lackluster.

The disqualification followed the stewards' 19-minute review of the second race, in which a rough start nearly caused 9-to-5 favorite Countonhim and jockey Jeff Lloyd to fall. Charlie's Peach (10 to 1), far outside in post 8, broke fastest and took a clear lead after a few strides. In so doing, the gelding moved across the path of No. 7 Hi Johnny Boy, who then veered left, forcing Castle Barand (No. 6) and Pakey (No. 5) to do likewise. At the same time, Son Of A Noble (No. 3) bore out, and Countonhim (No. 4) was pinched badly.

Charlie's Peach went on to beat late-running Son Of A Noble by a head, with Castle Barand third and Pakey fourth.

The stewards noted the bad start and immediately called for an inquiry. Dean Sarvis, who rode No. 5 Pakey, then filed an objection against Frank Douglas, astride the winner, claiming he was forced to take up when Charlie's Peach bore in leaving the gate.

After lengthy deliberation, the stewards dropped Charlie's Peach from first to seventh and declared Son Of A Noble, ridden by Mary Wiley, the winner.

"It was quite obvious the 8 bothered the 7," said chief steward Clinton Pitts Jr. "But was it the result of some inside pressure or strictly outside? That's why we took so long."

Son Of A Noble's promotion to first was greeted with some surprise. Pitts said at first it appeared the horse caused interference, but a closer look revealed "the 3 horse is definitely started out by the 2 {Gavin's Castle}."

In the sixth race, Michael Hunter was unseated for the second time in five days. Hunter broke Make Me Sing, a 2-year-old maiden filly, alertly in the seven-horse race. But he lost control of his left stirrup and tumbled off.

At Pimlico's first aid station, Hunter complained of neck and back pains, and was taken to Sinai Hospital. He was released this afternoon after X-rays were negative.

In the previous race, Vince Bracciale Jr. spilled when Father Hill, the 5-to-2 favorite, took a bad step leaving the gate. Bracciale was unhurt. Hours earlier, stewards decided not to suspend him for two riding infractions during Sunday's program, clearing the jockey to ride in Saturday's Maryland Million races at Pimlico.