Wide Country saw a little more of Laurel Race Course yesterday, and a crowd of 12,895 saw a new side of her. She powered past heavily favored Gala Goldilocks to win the $150,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship and probably a divisional title.

Wide Country and Gala Goldilocks each had beaten the other once, but Gala Goldilocks was made the 2-5 favorite off her three-race winning streak. She had defeated Wide Country (6-1) by almost 10 lengths in a stakes race this month and would have given trainer Bernie Bond his second Maryland-bred juvenile filly title in seven years with a victory yesterday.

The only question was one of fortitude. Gala Goldilocks, like most of her six rivals, had never raced around two turns. With a wealth of speed in the 1 1/16-mile race, trainer Bob Camac tried a new approach with Wide Country.

He said the filly fought jockey Santos Chavez in her recent loss to Gala Goldilocks, so for the first time she raced yesterday without blinkers -- the headgear that restricts peripheral vision. Then Chavez executed the game plan to perfection.

He moved Wide Country quickly out of Post 2 while Nicki raced to their right, which forced Gregg McCarron to take Gala Goldilocks three wide into the clubhouse turn. Before the backstretch, however, Chavez took hold of Wide Country and let Nicki and Gala Goldilocks challenge for the lead.

Nicki held a short advantage midway through the backstretch under a good hold by Danny Wright, but she began to tire badly even before the far turn. Gala Goldilocks passed her with no difficulty, Wide Country a length behind and gaining.

"I thought I had plenty of horse," said McCarron, who had no other mounts yesterday. "I was going plenty slow enough. She hadn't really been used at all."

Barely into the stretch, however, she was overwhelmed. Wide Country charged past Gala Goldilocks with remarkable ease, and under Chavez's occasional right-handed whip won by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:44, paying $15.40. Ritchie Trail, a nonwinner who has run well in other stakes races, rallied under Donnie Miller Jr. to take second by a half-length over Gala Goldilocks.

McCarron had no excuse for her despite the wide first turn and early pressure, saying: "It was a loss of ground, but I got beat four or five lengths. I probably lost a length on the turn."

Skip and Gert Leviton spent $7,500 to enter Gala Goldilocks after the deadline and came away with $16,500.

At $90,000, it was a landmark victory of sorts for Camac, a New Jersey-based veteran who has sent a dozen horses to Laurel for the winter, with eight more to come. Chavez is back to ride them.

"The purses weren't good up there, and the feature races weren't going," Camac said. "Larry {Abbundi, Maryland racing secretary} has been after me for two or three years now."

Two of the last four winners of the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship have earned divisional honors: Landaura (1986) and Crowned (1989). Wide Country, a 2-year-old bred by Diana Carlson, is likely to join them.

She defeated Gala Goldilocks in two out of three meetings, at six furlongs and 1 1/16 miles. She has won three out of six overall and $137,340. Gala Goldilocks, four for seven and never worse than third, has earned $119,138. Each has two stakes victories.

"I respect Bernie's filly," Camac said, "but I think we've got a better one."