My Lord roared home from far back on the final turn to take a late lead and edge away to win the $94,500 Grey Goose Stakes, a five-furlong turf event for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. ) day program at Pimlico Race Course.
With Anna Napravnik in the saddle for owner David Ross and trainer Ann Merryman, My Lord lagged behind through fractions of :21.72 for a quarter-mile and :45.24 for a half-mile in the nine-horse field. Napravnik steered the 7-year-old California-bred gelding to the far outside at the top of the stretch while eight lengths behind, and he exploded late to win by three-quarters of a length at the wire in :57.40.
The winner paid $17, $6.80 and $4.60 as the fifth choice in the wagering.
Favored Southern Missile, who rated just off the early pace under Ryan Fogelsonger, had the lead late but had to settle for second, returning $34.0 and $2.60. Spring Kitten ($7), ridden by Kaymarie Kreidel, rallied from mid-pack for third, anose behind Southern Missile.
"I was happy with the pace when I saw (the first quarter fraction)," Merryman said. "I knew he had a long way to come, but I knew he would try and come home fast. The last race was a good prep. After that race, we were looking to running in this one."
In his previous start May 4, My Lord stalked a speed duel and rallied for third in an optional allowance/claiming race on the Pimlico lawn, beaten a length in his 2006 debut.
"It feels terrific winning on Preakness day," said Napravnik, an apprentice who has been a dominant force in Maryland since last year. "My whole family is here."
My Lord (by Lord Carson out of the Vice Regent mare Love of Our Life) won for the first time in two starts this season. He ran his career turf record to seven wins in 17 starts.
My Lord has now won $254,360 on a record of nine victories from 36 career starts. Last year, the gelding won two allowance\optional claiming races at five furlongs on the grass.
The Grey Goose, which had its first running, is named for the vodka producer and National Thoroughbred Racing Association sponsor.