Coming by the 1-/16th pole, with victory assured, Silmaril started to drift, allowing the finish to be closer than it really appeared.Silmaril has won three added-money races for Maryland-breds this year. Saturday's victory marked her fifth win in seven starts in 2004 and her sixth tally in nine starts overall.(Chart, Equibase)
Silmaril lived up to the expectations of her trainer and the public at Pimlico when she drove to a popular victory in Saturday's $100,000 Geisha Handicap for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.Trainer Chris Grove said he expected a top effort from the 3-year-old daughter of Diamond. She did, completing the nine furlongs over the sloppy going in 1:53.89 and paying $4.80. Pour It On rallied courageously to take the second spot, 1 1/4 lengths behind. Chrusciki finished third.Abel Castellano rode the winner.