BALTIMORE, SEPT. 18 -- Klassy Briefcase set a turf course record today in winning the Park Heights Handicap as Pimlico ended live racing for the year.
Klassy Briefcase was an overwhelming favorite off her three-race winning streak, but her one-length victory over Big Rose proved no small task. The 2-5 favorite needed her best effort to get past Big Rose less than a furlong from the wire, but under Jose Ferrer's right-handed whipping she began veering in. She angled left just as she cleared Big Rose, who was near the rail.
Anthony DeSilva steadied Big Rose for a couple of strides, then moved her outside. The 25-1 shot continued strongly to finish three lengths ahead of Etoile De Feu, but she couldn't catch the leader.
Carrying a race-high 124 pounds, Klassy Briefcase finished the five-furlong race in 56 3/5 seconds, three-fifths of a second better than the course mark. For a few minutes, however, it wasn't sure to stand; DeSilva claimed a foul against Ferrer for interference in the stretch, but the result -- and record -- stood.
Worse for DeSilva, he earlier was suspended seven days for allowing his horse to drift in the 10th race Saturday, which led to the spill involving veteran Karl Korte.
The course record was the second in three months for Klassy Briefcase, a 5-year-old mare by Medieval Man.; she ran five furlongs in :56 at the Meadowlands in June.
With her 14th victory in 34 starts, she has earned $288,309.
Although Pimlico determined jockey and trainer titles over its entire 32-day summer (interrupted by Timonium), it measured attendance and handle figures only in the 10 days since Timonium. Thus the average handle of $1,479,905 was up 2 percent, the average attendance (10,858) ahead 6 percent.
In the 22 days before intermission, handle was down 4.7 percent, attendance up 1 percent.
Edgar Prado, who rode three winners today, easily won the jockey title with 54 victories, doubling second-place Mark Johnston. King Leatherbury beat Fran Campitelli, 15-12, for the training title.
Howard Wolfendale edged Mert Bailes as top percentage trainer; Gregg McCarron had the highest rate among jockeys.