Just as expected, the $60,000 Marshua Stakes turned out to be a two-horse race with Among My Souvenirs beating Forestier in a furious drive to the wire.
The property of Baltimore Orioles' owner Peter Angelos, Among My Souvenirs had notched an impressive victory in her only start in early December. Forestier, her main rival in the field of seven, had also registered one win in one start. The Saturday crowd at Laurel Park had a difficult time separating them in the wagering and the fillies left the starting gate at odds of 6-5 and 8-5, respectively.
Forestier rocketed to the front in the six-furlong test and continued to hold the lead until the last three jumps before the wire, when jockey Mario Pino pushed Among My Souvenirs to the fore. The Souvenir Copy filly won by a head in 1:11.2 and paid $4.40.
Tony Dutrow trains Among My Souvenirs for Marathon Farms Inc.