BALTIMORE, SEPT. 18 -- Little Bold John, one of Maryland's top thoroughbreds and early 7-to-5 favorite for Saturday's Budweiser Maryland Classic, has recovered from a minor infection and will run in the $200,000 event, trainer John (Jerry) Robb confirmed today.

Assistant trainer Rick Sillaman said he spotted the infection on Little Bold John's left hind leg Monday, while Robb was in Kentucky. The discovery came two days after Little Bold John ran his poorest race in months, finishing last in the Polynesian Handicap at Pimlico.

"Ricky was concerned about {the infection} because I was away," Robb said. "Normally, if a horse nicks himself or gets any kind of cut on this {Pimlico} track, with the chemicals in it, they'll get a reaction from it. And that's all it was. Once we cleaned it up and got it {the swelling} down, it stayed down."

Of Little Bold John's poor finish in the Polynesian, Robb said, "He's done this before. He'll throw a bad one at you every once in a while. I'm used to him by now."

"We thought he might be a little short {in the Polynesian}," Sillaman said. "It had been a month since his last start, and he usually doesn't go that long between races." Following the race, jockey Donald Miller Jr. said he could not detect a problem with Little Bold John.

The 5-year-old gelding, whose career earnings of $844,092 easily eclipse those of his five opponents in the 1 1/4-mile Classic, worked out at Bowie this morning. "There's absolutely nothing wrong with him," Robb said. "He wouldn't be running if there was."

The Classic will be the seventh of nine races on Saturday's Maryland Million program. First-race post time is 12:30 p.m.

Aileen's Alden won today's fifth race at Pimlico, paying $64.80 and effecting a $54,700.90 double-triple carryover. However, there will be no double-triple wagering Saturday. Regular triple betting will be offered on the sixth and eighth races, and the daily double will be pushed back to the sixth and seventh races.