Perfect To A Tee Wins in Maryland
LAUREL, Md. (AP) _ Perfect To A Tee came from off the pace, took the lead around the final turn and then held off Steak Scam by a nose to win the $200,000 Maryland Million Classic on Saturday at Laurel Park.
It was the third straight win for the Linda Albert-trained 7-year-old, who won for the fourth time this year and has finished in the money in eight of 10 starts.
The 9-to-5 favorite was clocked in 1:56 3-5 for the 1 3-16 miles and paid $5.80, $3.80 and $2.80. Steak Scam paid $9.40 and $6.20, while Testafly, who was third in the field of 10, paid $4.20 to show.
One of the early favorites, Fred Bear Claw, was a late scratch.
Praise Heaven and Monk’s Falcon traded the lead throughout most of the race, with Perfect To A Tee, who has a history of coming from off the pace, sitting fourth.
He made his move heading into the final turn, taking the lead by a head, then held off the fast-charging Steak Scam.
This was the third Maryland Million win for Albert, who won last year with long shot Perfect Challenge in the Lassie and Miss Angelina in the Distaff Starter.
It was also the richest win of her 11-year career, which has included a pair of $100,000 stakes victories.
Other winners on the day included Riff in the Steeplechase; Tropical Punch in the Distaff Starter; Gin Talking in the Lassie; Flippy Diane in the Distaff; Saratoga Friends in the Oaks; Vaguely Rich in the Ladies; Darwin in the Nursery; Private Slip in the Turf; and Aristotie in the Sprint.
The Maryland Million was the brainchild of ABC sportscaster Jim McKay, and is open only to horses sired by Maryland stallions.