- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

BALTIMORE (AP) Favored Docent came from well off the pace to take the lead around the final turn, then held off Hay Getoutofmyway by two lengths to win the $200,000 Maryland Million Classic yesterday at Pimlico.
Docent, the 3-2 favorite, stood seventh before using a strong move along the outside to overtake Carney's Prospect, who had led for much of the slow-paced race. The 4-year-old, who a year ago captured the Sweepstakes on Million Day, finished in 1:56.85 for his third win in four starts.
"When I asked him to go, he went through a hole and just went from there," jockey Jeremy Rose said.
"I knew it was going to get tight around the turn. They knew I was on the [favorite]. But he got through there and just kept going."
Docent paid $5, $4 and $3. Hay Getoutofmyway paid $5.60 and $3.60 to place, and Concerned Minister paid $6.60 to show.
It was the second straight Classic victory for trainer Tim Ritchey, who last year guided 30-1 longshot Sumerset to a surprise win. Sumerset, now under different management, finished eighth in the nine-horse field.
Ritchey said he had been eyeing the Classic when he started Docent on the turf last month at Penn National, a race in which he finished fifth.
"I think turf to dirt really helps a horse," Ritchey said. "He got a lot out of that race."
Duckhorn, the prohibitive early favorite in the race, scratched on Friday because of a minor crack in his right front hoof. The 5-year-old had been the only graded stakes winner entered.
Jockey Mario Pino, honored for recently winning his 5,000th career race, rode two winners on the day Undercover in the $100,000 Maryland Million Oaks and Deer Run in the $100,000 Maryland Million Sprint.
Other winners included: Top Of The News in the Starter, Mojo Gal in the Distaff Starter, Cherokee's Boy in the Nursery, Object Of Virtue in the Lassie, Shopping For Love in the Ladies, Blinded By Love in the Distaff and LaReine's Terms in the Turf.
The Maryland Million was introduced in 1986 following a proposal from longtime ABC sportscaster Jim McKay. The 10-race card, comprised entirely of horses either born on Maryland breeding farms or sired by state stallions, had a total purse of $1million.

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