BALTIMORE (AP) Coming off a fourth-place finish in the prestigious Kentucky Oaks, Go Maggie Go found her way back into the winner's circle in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
It was a glorious afternoon for trainer Dale Romans, trainer of Go Maggie Go and second-place finisher Ma Can Do It.
''I feel no pain now,'' Romans said. ''Everything is good.''
After staying near the front for much of the 1 1/8-mile race, Go Maggie Go distanced herself from the competition at the finish to win by 2 1/2 lengths - her third first-place finish in four career races.
The exception was the Oaks, where Go Maggie Go got off to a rocky start and rallied before coming up short.
''That's what showed me the quality filly she is,'' Romans said. ''She got all the dirt and still came running.''
It was a different story in the Black-Eyed Susan, a Grade 2 race for 3-year-old fillies.
''When she left clean there today,'' Romans said, ''I didn't think they were going to beat her.''
Go Maggie Go paid $5.60, $3.60 and $3.
Ma Can Do It, a 50-1 long shot, stormed from fourth place in the stretch to edge Kinsley Kisses by a head.
''For a maiden to come back like that against stakes winners, that's really good,'' Ma Can Do It jockey Brian Hernandez said.
Ma Can Do It returned $31.40 and $15, and Kinsley Kisses paid $4.60 to show.
Doug O'Neill, trainer for Land Over Sea, was hoping a victory would be the start of a highly successful weekend at Pimlico Race Course.
O'Neill is the trainer for Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who will be seeking to win the Preakness on Saturday. Nyquist will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who was aboard Land Over Sea.
Land Over Sea finished sixth. She has only one win in her last eight races.
''Just a rough trip,'' O'Neill said. ''She didn't break real good. We'll live to fight another day. We're just fired up about (Saturday).''
Earlier, Noble Bird galloped to victory over a small field in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special.
After highly touted Stanford and Page McKenney scratched, Noble Bird became the 4-5 favorite and fulfilled the role by cruising to an 11 1/4-length victory over Idolo Porteno.
Warrioroftheroses took third in the six-horse race.
Also, 10-year-old Ben's Cat squeezed between two horses to win by a neck in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint. Spring to the Sky took second ahead of the favorite, Rocket Heat.
It was the 32nd career victory for Ben's Cat, and fourth straight year he won the five-furlong McKay Sprint.
Noble Bird paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20. Idolo Porteno returned $3.80 and $3.20, and Warrioroftheroses paid $5 to show.