Updated on 09/18/2011 1:18AM

Due crashes retirement party


Due upset the retirement party of Cherokee's Boy on Saturday at Laurel, runing off to a 2 3/4-length victory at 9-1 in the $237,500 Maryland Million Classic. Cherokee's Boy, sent off at 1-5 in the final race of his career, finished off the board.

The Classic was the featured race of Laurel's 12-race Maryland Million card, restricted to the offspring of Maryland stallions.

Ridden by Travis Dunkelberger, Cherokee's Boy broke right to the front in the 1 3/16-mile Classic. Pressed by Diamond David, he ran a quarter-mile in 24.63 seconds and a half in 48.13 seconds. Meanwhile, jockey Rosie Napravnik sat tight on Due, staying last of seven. Diamond Dave moved up to challenge Cherokee's Boy and had the lead by the time six furlongs had gone in 1:12.47, at which point Cherokee's Boy ran out of gas.

Meanwhile, Napravnik took Due wide around the turn and into the lead approaching the eighth pole and continued urging him on to victory. Diamond Dave held second, a half-length ahead of Evil Storm. Cherokee's Boy wound up fifth.

Due ($21.80), trained by Dale Capuano, finished in 1:58.38 on a fast track.

Earlier on the card:

* Private Scandal, a $25,000 claim two starts back, rallied from ninth to a 2 1/4-length victory over D. J.'s Hero in the $142,500 Maryland Million Turf Stakes. Quantico Joe was a half-length back in third, with the favored Prep School ninth after never being in contention.

Ridden by Horacio Karamanos for trainer Peter Bazeos, Private Scandal ($8.60) ran 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:47.56.

* In the $142,500 Oaks, favored Smart and Fancy, ridden by Jeremy Rose, held on for a half-length victory over For Kisses. Trained by Anthony Dutrow, Smart and Fancy ran a mile in 1:37:34, paying $4.60.

* The $142,500 Sprint Handicap went to Ironton, also ridden by Rose, who took off to a 6 1/4-length victory over the 3-5 favorite, Celtic Innis. Trained by Scott Lake, Ironton ran the six furlongs in 1:09.54 and paid $6.80 as the second choice.

* The $142,500 Ladies was won by Debbie Sue, who beat the slim 5-2 favorite, Sticky, by 3 3/4 lengths, with the third choice, Rowdy (also 5-2) a head back in third. Trained by Hamilton Smith and ridden by Rose, Debbie Sue ran the 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.63, paying $15.

* Deliver the Roses scored a $43 upset defeating males in the $95,000 Turf Sprint Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths. A 6-year-old mare, Deliver the Rosse was ridden by Erick Rodruguez for trainer Robert Leaf Jr., and ran five furlongs in 55.91 seconds.

* In the $142,500 Distaff Handicap, Silmaril got her first victory since the Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff in May of last year, posting a 3 1/4-length victory over the 3-5 favorite, Yolanda B. Too. Ridden by Ryan Foglesonger for trainer Christopher Grove, Silmaril covered the seven furlongs in 1:23 and paid $5.60.

* The day had a pair of seven-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds worth $118,750 each: the Nursery and the Lassie, for fillies. In the Nursery, Clifton Park posted a 2 3/4-length victory. The Lassie went to Spectacular Malibu.