Miss Easy has been made the 1-9 favorite to win her 11th race in 12 lifetime starts tonight as she competes at Rosecroft Raceway in a division of the Lady Baltimore Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies.
The three-heat event kicks off one of the richest weeks of competition in Maryland harness-racing history. After the $230,000 Lady Baltimore, the week will feature the $415,803 Maryland Night of Champions on Monday and the $400,000 Messenger Stakes and $300,000 Kentucky Standardbred Pace, both next Saturday.
Miss Easy's low odds are not surprising. Her lifetime best of 1:52 3/5, recorded two weeks ago in the $766,000 Sweetheart at the Meadowlands, is five seconds better than any other horse in the field has raced.
Her earnings of $542,192 dwarf the other five fillies' total of $29,024. Miss Easy is driven by the nation's top driver, John Campbell, and is trained by one of harness-racing's best conditioners of fillies, Bruce Nickells. The 1-9 odds may be a gift.
Despite Miss Easy's low payoffs, she has become very popular with bettors, who have backed her heavily at the Meadowlands, where she has made all of her lifetime starts.This summer, the Meadowlands was forced to pay out more than $200,000 more than it took in on the filly.
One of her stakes victories, the Countess Adios, was designated a nonbetting race to avoid further losses.