BALTIMORE, SEPT. 9 -- Ameri Allen won the $100,000 Maryland Lassie today at Pimlico because a jockey agent spoke up.

When post positions were drawn Friday for the Maryland Million race, Ameri Allen was not in the starting lineup because she hadn't earned enough money. She was placed on the "also eligible" list as the first alternate.

"Guess there's not much we can do now," owner-breeder Hal C.B. Clagett said to trainer Jerry Robb after the draw.

"Just wait," Robb said, "and hope somebody scratches."

That didn't happen, but Ameri Allen made it to the starting gate nonetheless. Eric Fried, the agent for Ameri Allen's rider, Alberto Delgado, realized that Pimlico's racing office had not included the filly's latest race in determining the starting field. Fried informed assistant racing secretary Tommy Baker of the oversight later Friday morning, and the race was redrawn to include Ameri Allen (Alcoolu being ousted).

Fried hardly spoke too soon. Maryland rules allow a race to be redrawn before 3 p.m. the day the entries are printed; after that, there are no such provisions even in the event of an accounting error.

"Luckily it was caught early enough so that it didn't require a decision," said steward Jean Chalk. "That's a no-win situation."

Robb, in essence, had dismissed Ameri Allen's most recent race, a fourth-place finish at Philadelphia Park for which she earned a modest $690. But that seemingly forgettable outing provided a bridge to the Lassie because it put Ameri Allen $260 ahead of Alcoolu for the final berth. Had Ameri Allen finished fifth instead of fourth at Philadelphia Park, she wouldn't have started today.

Fried opened the hole, and Ameri Allen ran to a $60,000 score. At 12-1 odds she seemed a far vision from the filly who hadn't topped fourth place in three tries.

The dark brown filly with black mane and bandaged back ankles left the gate with a burst, but Eager N Crafty was even quicker. She got the lead and the rail, Ameri Allen chasing her with a firm grip on second.

Eager N Crafty opened a 2 1/2-length lead around the turn, but Ameri Allen wouldn't go away. She began to encroach deep into the turn, pulled alongside Eager N Crafty a furlong out and pushed to the lead. She was getting tired then, and Delgado knew it. He pumped hard and hoped harder, and Ameri Allen reached the wire a head before the persistent Ritchie Trail.

"My filly was getting a little {tired} the last sixteenth of a mile," Delgado said after his second career Maryland Million victory. "I knew the other horses were coming. I thought I was beat."

Ameri Allen struggled home with a final quarter-mile of 27 2/5 seconds. Still, it was a picturesque finish for the Pons family of Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md., which houses the young stallion Allen's Prospect -- who sired both Ameri Allen and Ritchie Trail. The Ponses celebrated again two races later when Xray took the $100,000 Nursery, giving Allen's Prospect progeny a sweep of the 2-year-old races.

"I feel like {the late world-famous breeder} Leslie Combs," Joe Pons said giddily.

The gray day shone brightly too, on Clagett, who won his first Maryland Million race as an owner. Clagett, a 73-year-old lawyer from Upper Marlboro, bred Maryland superstar Little Bold John and has been the state's leader in breeder bonuses the past three years. Ameri Allen is the first foal out of the broodmare Amerricoinrest.

Clagett, who has bred and raced horses for more than 40 years, didn't see the race at Pimlico today. "We went to Charles Town {Saturday} night, and he was a little too tired to make it," Robb said. "He missed a good race, but he'll hear a great story."

Baron De Vaux, a son of Val de l'Orne who was eligible for the Maryland Million, instead was shipped to Toronto, where he finished second to Izvestia today in the Molson Million Export at Woodbine. Shot Gun Scott was third, 5 3/4 lengths back.

Izvestia, the reigning Canadian triple crown winner, finished 3 1/2 lengths in front and earned $600,000 of the $1 million purse. Baron De Vaux earned $200,000 -- $60,000 more than Timely Warning got for winning the Maryland Million's featured race, the Classic.