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2007 Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico


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La Chica Rica wins the 2007 Whimsical Stakes
La Chica Rica wins the 2007 Whimsical Stakes

La Chica Rica wins the 2007 Whimsical Stakes

© Terence Dulay
The first stakes event on Preakness weekend is the $95,000 Whimsical Stakes for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. 5-1 longest shot La Chica Rica pulled off the upset, leading the field of just four from gate to wire, holding off the late move of 2-1 Homesteader to win by 1/2 a length in 1:10.99. It was 5 lengths back to even-money favorite Waytotheleft in third.
Results chart

Winning jockey Jozbin Santana said, "As soon as the other speed in the race scratched, I knew I could clear the lead in a few strides. When I put her on the rail, she really relaxed. When she's on the lead and relaxed on the lead today, that's her at her best."

Winning trainer Crystal Pickett added, "This filly is very unique and she just comes out of the gate running, just like her dad. She came off a strong workout, and I knew she was definitely ready to go. She's come a long way since being a $20,000 claimer."

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