Race 1: Jockey Joel Rosario rode Aussi Austin to victory in the first of 13 races on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Bake Shop took second and Pretension finished third in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race. The winner finished in 1:45.23.
Bake Shop and Pretension held with Aussi Austin, but Pretension weakened late. Aussi Austin paid $5.40 to win while Bake Shop paid $6.60 to place.
Race 2, Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap: Hello Lover, the race's heavy 3-5 post-time favorite, surged past the leaders to win. No Brakes finished second while Who Dat Boy, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, took third.
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Hello Lover, ridden by John Bisono, made his first start of 2013 and impressed his owner, posting a 1:46.74 on the 1 1/16-mile race on the dirt.
"One thrill after another for him," said owner Bob Krangel. "We gave him three or four months off and he came back well. You're always nervous when they come back after four months but he's an unbelievable horse."
Race 3: Relentless Move, ridden by Julian Pimentel, closed strongly for the victory in the day's third race, posting a time of 56.70 in the five furlong turf race.
Brooklyn Cowboy, who was the second favorite, stumbled at the start and finished last. Gottalovethedrake finished second and Thames Trader took third.
Relentless Move paid $7.40 to win while Gottalovethedrake, ridden by Forest Boyce, paid $32.20 to place.
Race 4, The Rollicking Stakes: Debt Ceiling took the lead with 1/16 of a mile to catch Silvertonguedtommy and win the $100,000 stakes.
Silvertonguedtommy took second and New Zone placed third. The 2-5 favorite, Sweet Emma, faded to fourth after pushing the pace out of the gate.
This was only Debt Ceiling's second start after winning his debut at Laurel, and both trainer John Robb and jockey Eric Camacho believed Debt Ceiling to have another good race in him.
"His first race, he was not really ready and we didn't expect him to run as well as he did," Robb said. "But he was ready for this one."
Race 5, The Sinai Good Neighbors Race: Jockey Edgar Prado urged on his filly, Joy, to surge past Hold Our Destiny and Marataya's Tune to win the fifth race of the day.
Marataya's Tune was the 5-2 favorite and led most of the 1 1/16-mile race on the turf until fading and finishing third. Hold Our Destiny finished strong to take second. Joy finished the race in 1:41.74 and paid $10.80 to win.
Race 6, The Chick Lang Stakes: Jockey Martin Garcia rode Zee Bros to gutsy victory to win the $100,000 stakes.
The 5-2 favorite took an early lead and never looked back, finishing the six furlong dirt race in 1:10.72. Bobcat Jim took second while Brave Dave, ridden by John Velazquez, finished third.
"He took me all the way throughout the race," Garcia said of Zee Bros. "I was really confident and when I asked, he took off."
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker's horse, fittingly named Undrafted, was ridden by Joel Rosario and finished fifth in the race.
Race 7, The James W. Murphy Stakes: Rosario took another horse to victory, this time riding Redwood Kitten, in the $100,000 stakes.
The 2-1 favorite took an early lead from an outside post and held off Shining Copper down the stretch to clinch the win. The 2-1 post time favorite Notacatbutallama, ridden by Velazquez, took third. Redwood Kitten posted a 1:35.17 in the mile race on the turf, marking his first stakes victory.