BALTIMORE, AUG. 4 -- Miss Josh put an end to Iceycindy's four-race winning streak today, taking the Sensational Handicap at Pimlico by 1 1/2 lengths over long-shot Tia Juanita.

A blossoming filly trained by Barclay Tagg, Miss Josh gave jockey Mario Pino his fourth Maryland stakes victory in two weeks. Pino has also won with Shy Tom, Ducere and Kechi over that span, earning him $21,749 from those four mounts alone. Miss Josh made $39,930 today for the Bonner Farm of Manassas.

After four straight victories, speedy Iceycindy faced a more difficult assignment in the Sensational, taking on some seasoned mares at a distance (1 1/16 miles) she had tried just once. At 2-1 odds, she dueled Seraglio for the lead until the start of the far turn, where she dropped back suddenly on the inside, about two lengths worth. Jockey Edgar Prado could not account for the slippage.

Miss Josh, who had been well-restrained by Pino to that point, pushed past Iceycindy on the outside and then overtook Seraglio. "She gets a little rank; she's kind of a hyper filly," Pino said. "You have to sit still on her. If you move just a little, she's going to cut on you."

Early in the stretch, Miss Josh's lead looked safe enough, but it wasn't that easy. Her three-length advantage began to dwindle as Iceycindy regained the intitiative and pulled within 1 1/2 lengths well into the stretch. She got no closer, however, and Frank Douglas drove Tia Juanita past Iceycindy in the last couple of strides to get second by a head. Tia Juanita had high odds of 45-1.

Thirty Eight Go Go, the once-formidable Maryland-bred, continued to struggle. After her fifth-place finish, Mark Johnston said: "It seemed like she didn't really like the hard turf. There's no moisture in it. It really could use a good rain."

Although Miss Josh paid only $5.80 as the favorite, she finished off a huge late Pick Three of $7,459.40 following victories by Kohen Witha K. ($55.80) and Dual Threat ($64.40). Clocked in 1:42 2/5, Miss Josh has won five of eight races this year and eight of 17 overall.

While Iceycindy lost her winning streak, Space Rider kept his intact. The 8-year-old claimer won his third in a row under Andrea Seefeldt, who said: "He's been running in the right places {$12,000 claiming races}. I love old horses; they know what to do. They might not have the best wheels in the world, but they try hard."

Space Rider has four wins, a second and a third in six tries since Stephen Mick claimed him in April.

Suspenseful Finish

Talk about dark horses: During Pimlico's simulcast of the Whitney Handicap today, the track's TV monitors went black just as Criminal Type led the field into the stretch. The picture returned just as Criminal Type crossed the wire ahead of Dancing Spree.