Martha's Music Scores Upset in Anne Arundel

(from track report)
D.J. Stables' Martha's Music won her second straight stakes race at Laurel Park Saturday, taking the $100,000 Anne Arundel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year old fillies.

In her only other try over the Laurel track during the summer, the John Servis trainee took the $150,000 Martha Washington Breeders' Cup.

Jockey Stewart Elliott was unhurried early in the 11-horse field as Pass The Virtue and Shop Till You Drop set an honest pace. When they turned for home Martha's Music rolled down the stretch and won by ¾-length over Pass The Virtue, while Shop Till You Drop held on for third.

The daughter of Sultry Song covered the 1 1/8-mile test in 1:50.84 and paid $22 to win. It was the fourth victory of the year for the Philadelphia Park-based filly who has been in the money eight times in 10 starts this year.

"I had plenty of horse and wasn't too concerned about the two horses in the front," said Eliiott. "When I asked her to run at the turn she had more than enough."

"Our main goal all year was to get a graded stakes win and we pointed to this race after winning the Martha Washington," added Servis. "She's maturing a lot and gets better with each race. When you call on her, she gives you all she's got."

To The Queen, the even money favorite with Hall of Fame rider Jerry Bailey, finished fourth, 2 ½-lengths behind the third place finisher.

"She really wasn't getting a good hold of the surface," said Bailey, who is chasing Mike Smith's record for most stakes wins in a year. "She was doing a lot of moving around but not really going anywhere."

Bailey has 64 added money wins this year, three behind Smith's 1994 record.

(Chart, Equibase)