The $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at Laurel Race Course yesterday was touted as a title match between the state's two top 2-year-old females, and it lived up to its billing. Sham Say outfought Thirty Eight Go Go in a stretch-long flurry to clinch the divisional crown and win the $65,000 prize.

Sham Say entered the 1 1/16-mile race unbeaten in four starts, and was the 7-to-10 favorite even though she hadn't raced farther than seven furlongs. Thirty Eight Go Go (8 to 5) was coming off her finest effort, a 12 1/2-length triumph in the Grade II Gardenia Stakes at the Meadowlands.

Although the field comprised seven fillies -- including the New York-based Betty Lobelia who was supplemented for $5,000 -- the race set up as a two-horse contest. And it was. Third-place Betty Lobelia was 16 lengths -- more than three seconds -- behind second-place Thirty Eight Go Go.

Going in, the essence of the race was simple: Sham Say, would lead from the start and have to refute Thirty Eight Go Go's belated bid. That scenario proved accurate.

Ben Feliciano had Sham Say in front as the field left the chute and wound into the backstretch. They were getting minimal pressure from North Watch and jockey Donald Miller Jr.; Kent Desormeaux had Thirty Eight Go Go about seven lengths back.

Sham Say extended her lead to 2 1/2 lengths rounding the far turn, and, as North Watch fell back, Thirty Eight Go Go was moving with authority on the outside.

Her spirited rally carried into the stretch. She drew abreast of Sham Say with a quarter-mile remaining and had momentum to go by the favorite; but she never put more than her head in front. Sham Say, virtually untested in her past victories, felt the sting of Feliciano's whip for the first time and reacted well.

"I wasn't worried about hitting her hard because she does anything you ask of her," Feliciano said. "When that horse came up to us, my horse had her ears pricked. She was ready."

The leaders were heads apart for a half-furlong before Sham Say began edging away. With a sixteenth of a mile to go, the outcome was clear. In 1:43 3/5, Sham Say won by 1 1/2 lengths -- her slimmest margin of victory.

"Even when we made the big move, I was scared of Sham Say," said Desormeaux, No. 1 in victories in the United States. "I've chased her before, and I've seen how easily she's won."

The victory supported trainer Bernie Bond's prudent handling of Sham Say, a $24,000 yearling purchase for Eugene Ford Sr. and Zelma Morrison of Bethesda. The filly didn't race until Sept. 9, and although she showed signs of stardom, Bond never rushed her. He developed the filly through low-grade, restricted stakes races, gradually sending her farther: 6, 6 1/2 and 7 furlongs before yesterday.

"She may need a little vacation now," Bond said. "She's won enough money now {$158,106}; there's no sense in hurting her."

But Sham Say took Thirty Eight Go Go's best shot yesterday and didn't fall.

Hollywood Starlet: In Inglewood, Calif., Goodbye Halo won the $549,100 stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 3 1/2 lengths over Variety Baby as odds-on favorite Jeanne Jones faltered to finish third.

Ridden by Jorge Velasquez, Goodbye Halo ran the mile in 1:36 1/5.

Camden: Inlander, ridden by Gregg Morris, overtook Swedish champion Ormus after the final jump to claim the $60,000 Marion du Pont Scott International Steeplechase before about 15,000 in Camden, S.C.

Inlander, a 6-year-old gelding, earned $36,000 for the victory in the 18th Colonial Cup, which annually ends the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association season.