BALTIMORE, OCT. 3 -- Trainers who painstakingly labor over the placement of horses might learn from Barclay Tagg's accomplishment at Pimlico today.
Tagg, Pimlico's fifth-leading trainer, entered Cutlasee in the $57,275 Martha Washington Handicap because, he said, "I had no place else to run her."
The decision was worth $37,229 to owner/breeder D. Earl Pardue of Burlington, N.C.
Under pressure from Allen Stacy, Cutlasee advanced along the rail from the rear of the 10-filly pack, rallied past entrymate Kerygma inside the sixteenth-mile pole and finished a neck ahead of New York-based favorite Doubles Partner.
"I planned it that way," Stacy said of the belated surge, "because she only has a short run."
Kerygma was third, a nose behind Doubles Partner, who carried a race-high 119 pounds after entrymate Spectacular Bev (120) scratched.
As Kerygma turned into the stretch with a 1 1/2-length lead over Ice Devise, Doubles Partner was charging on the outside and appeared to have the leader measured. But coming out of the turn, Doubles Partner darted inside, causing jockey Vince Bracciale Jr. to steady her. The 6-to-5 favorite moved back outside and renewed her rally, but couldn't make up the ground.
Cutlasee, a Kentucky-bred assigned a race-low 109 pounds, covered the soft 1 1/16-mile turf course in 1:45 4/5. She had raced on turf only once in 15 previous starts, finishing fourth in a five-furlong stakes at Delaware Park.
The winning entry paid $17.
After building for 18 days, Pimlico's double-triple jackpot was claimed today. There were three winning tickets worth $80,803.50 each.