Today's $40,000-added Cameo Stakes at Laurel Race Course drew two of Maryland's finest 2-year-old fillies. But one will have no chance to win.

Fans expecting to see the 6 1/2-furlong showdown between Sham Say and Clever Power will have to wait. Clever Power's trainer Marvin Moncrief said yesterday she will be scratched from the Cameo and sent to the Meadowlands for Saturday's $50,000-added Holly Stakes.

"It's a half-furlong shorter and for more money," Moncrief said. "She's very, very quick -- probably one of the fastest fillies I've ever had -- and the distance should be to her advantage."

With Clever Power's withdrawal, Sham Say will become a strong favorite in the 11-horse field. The gray daughter of Oh Say has been the favorite and the winner in both of her starts, the last a 2 1/2-length victory over Thirty Eight Go Go in the Smart Angles Stakes.

Sham Say's trainer Bernie Bond is delighted Clever Power won't be running today. "That filly's got a lot of speed," he said, "and if she gets on the lead, she's gonna be tough to beat."

But Sham Say has displayed tractability in her two victories, staying just off the pace before overtaking the frontrunners on the outside.

"That's what I liked about her the first time she ran," Bond said. "She broke slowly and got some dirt kicked in her face, but when {jockey Ben Feliciano} asked her to run, she blew by them."

The Cameo could present a similar opportunity. With Clever Power out, the field is without a superior speed horse. La De Da and T.V. Countess probably will vie for the lead, a perfect setup for Feliciano and Sham Say, who drew post position 8.

"Her two races have been very easy on her, and she really hasn't beaten anything yet," Bond said. "She's an exciting sort of a filly because I don't know how good she is."

He'll have a better indication by about 4 p.m. today.