Donald Miller Jr. stole $34,678 yesterday.

Taking advantage of a speed/rail bias at Laurel Race Course, Miller rushed Angelina County to the lead in the $53,350 All Brandy Handicap and, with no pressure, the filly galloped to a 3 1/2-length victory over Smart 'N Quick. Bug Eyed Betty was a distant third.

Fully recovered from a hairline fracture of the cannon bone incurred earlier this year, Angelina County won her third consecutive stakes race for owner Carey Miller and trainer Bill Boniface, bolstering her credentials for top Maryland-bred 3-year-old filly. She covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 4/5 -- three-fifths of a second off the track record -- and boosted her yearly winnings to $203,624.

"The track seems to be changing every day," Miller said, "but speed was doing real well earlier today, and fortunately that fit into Mr. Boniface's plan as well as mine -- to be as close as possible, if not in front, and on the rail."

Before the race, it wasn't clear if Miller, out of post 3, would be able to attain such position. Angelina County had shown tactical speed in her previous two triumphs, laying just off the pace, then passing the leaders on the outside. But in yesterday's earlier races, only 4-to-5 favorite Night Owl Special had circled and won, and by just a lip.

In addition, Smart 'N Quick, who had shown speed, was breaking from post 1, and A Joyful Spray was expected to press from post 5. But by the time the six-horse field reached the first turn, Angelina County had a two-length lead, and Smart 'N Quick and A Joyful Spray were battling for second.

"The track is favoring speed horses, but going into the first turn I didn't have much horse at all," said Jimmy Edwards, who rode A Joyful Spray. "I was expecting to be laying closer, easier. I didn't want to let {Angelina County} get away like that, but I really didn't have much choice."

"I had visions of {getting the lead} myself," said Smart 'N Quick's jockey, Greg Hutton. "It was set up great for a horse that could do that, but unfortunately today, I was not on a horse that could do that."

Angelina County could, and her victory became a foregone conclusion. Hutton moved Smart 'N Quick on the outside within 2 1/2 lengths of Angelina County with just over an eighth-mile remaining. But, as the leader repelled the challenge, Hutton snapped his whip on Smart 'N Quick, and the filly ducked out sharply to the right.

Although she had won more money than any of her five rivals, Angelina County was assigned only 115 pounds -- no horse carried less. The late-running Country Recital, the 119-pound highweight, finished last.

Angelina County's winning streak likely will remain intact for a couple months; it will be that long, Boniface said, before she races again.