BALTIMORE, AUG. 19 -- Wide Country beat 7-1 odds and the favored Gala Goldilocks and Cold Knock Out, then withstood a claim of foul to secure victory in the Smart Angle Stakes today at Pimlico.
Nine Maryland-bred 2-year-old fillies, each carrying 110 pounds, competed in the $50,000 six-furlong feature.
As expected, Gala Goldilocks jumped in front inside the quarter-mile mark and held on to her lead after passing the half-mile post at 46 2/5. Sweet Slewsie stumbled coming out of the blocks, slowing down the pace, before Gala Goldilocks established a one-length lead. But moving steadily and surely through the pack, Wide Country advanced from fourth at the quarter mark to second at the half.
"I was trying to save her for the backstretch," said jockey Santos Chavez.
While Wide Country surged ahead to make it a two-horse race, Cold Knock Out dropped back into the pack.
Gala Goldilocks and Wide Country went neck-and-neck for an eighth of a mile before the long shot began her closing drive. Wide Country overtook Gala Goldilocks on the outside with less than an eighth to go and outran her by a length and a half in 1:11 3/5.
Northern Wolf set the track record for the six furlongs on Saturday in the inaugural Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at 1:09.
Gala Goldilocks rider Alberto Delgado filed an objection claiming that the winner bumped his horse near the finish. The objection was overruled. "She started looking in a little bit through the stretch but not enough to come down," said Chavez.
It was Wide Country's second career victory and trainer Robert W. Camac was naturally pleased.
"I think for being on a strange track and having the worst post position, she did very well today," Camac said. "She wants to go long so we'll point for the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship."
That race, at 1 1/16 miles, is set for Nov. 24 at Laurel with a $150,000 purse.
Jockey Joseph A. Leonardi, 21, avoided serious injury in the first race when Prouder, a 4-year-old colt, stumbled and threw the rider.