04/10/2009 11:00PM

All Smiles relishes slop


Trainer Fran Campitelli only intended to run All Smiles if the $50,000 Dahlia Stakes was taken off the turf. He was also hoping for something other than fast dirt, since All Smiles was 2 for 2 on wet surfaces.

Campitelli got his wish when rain washed out grass racing and turned Laurel Park's main track sloppy. All Smiles ($8.60) responded by scoring her second stakes win of the meet, rallying to take the Dahlia by a length over First Ascent. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to British Event.

The Dahlia, which served as the closing-day feature at Laurel, was the fifth stakes win of the winter meet for jockey Jeremy Rose.

Mikeslittlegirl, making her first start for Flint Stites after racing in New York for Rick Dutrow, led for much of the one-mile Dahlia and still held a 1 1/2-length lead with a furlong remaining but faded to fourth in deep stretch.

Julia Tuttle finished a non-threatening fifth as the 8-5 favorite in a field reduced to seven by six scratches.

A 6-year-old daughter of Awesome Again, All Smiles covered the distance in 1:39.12 while winning for the sixth time in 23 starts.

* Rose, trainer Scott Lake, and owner Robert Cole finished atop the standings at the 58-day meet that began on Jan. 1.

After beginning the year 1 for 24, Rose won 49 of his final 176 mounts to capture the jockey title with 50 victories, 10 more than Luis Garcia.

Lake won 44 races, 12 more than John Rigattieri, to capture his 16th training title at Laurel and Pimlico this decade.

Cole's horses won 25 of 67 starts, an impressive 37 percent success rate. Cole won races with Lake, Rigattieri, Howard Wolfendale, and Stephanie Beattie. Michael Gill finished second in the owner standings with 16 winners.