10/12/2007 11:00PM

Evil Storm and his rider finish well

EmailA frustrating day for jockey Jeremy Rose turned into one to remember when he won the $285,000 Maryland Million Classic aboard Evil Storm at Laurel on Saturday.

The Classic was one of 12 races offering a total of $1.68 million on the 22nd Maryland Million, which is for the offspring of sires based in Maryland.

Rose had finished second in four earlier stakes on the day, including aboard odds-on Silmaril in the Distaff. But Rose had no problem winning the Classic aboard the 11-1 Evil Storm, who paid $25.20.

"I got some favorites beat," Rose said, "but I pulled out the win in a nice race."

Rose kept Evil Storm toward the back of the pack as longshot Diamond David set fractions of 24.78 and 49.59 seconds for the first half-mile of the 1o1/8-mile race. Five Steps took the lead turning for home, but Rose took Evil Storm wide into the stretch and they rolled past Five Steps and ran off to a three-length victory. Five Steps took second, with Diamond David hanging on for third in the field of eight 3-year-olds and up.

The victory was the first for Evil Storm, a 6-year-old Storm Broker gelding owned by Old Coach Farm and trained by Michael Gorham. Last year, Evil Storm finished third in the Classic behind Due, who ran fourth on Saturday, and Diamond David.

In other Maryland Million races:

* Making his turf debut, Forty Crowns set hot fractions under Luis Garcia and just kept going to win the $190,000 Turf by four lengths over Dr Rico. Forty Crowns ($28.20) set fractions of 22.88, 46.10 and 1:10.12, and finished the 1 1/8-mile turf race in 1:46.03, tying the course record.

* Love for Not ($7.20) and jockey Stewart Elliott overpowered their foes in the $142,500 Lassie, catching pacesetter Kosmo's Buddy in midstretch and bounding away to a 4 1/4-length score. All Attitude got up for second.

* The $190,000 Ladies, a 1 1/8-mile turf race, turned into a two-horse contest between pacesetter Beau's Trip and the stalking Maddy's Heart. Under Ramon Dominguez, Maddy's Heart ($9.60) caught Beau's Trip late for a neck victory.

* Regal Solo ($20) and jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, on the outside in a three-horse blanket finish, won the $142,500 Nursery. Smooth It Over split horses in the final yards to finish a nose back in second, with favored Izzy Speaking on the inside in third.

* Happy Surprise ($12.60) rallied under Horatio Karamanos and caught Whata Surprise at the wire for a nose win in the $95,000 Turf Sprint.

* Grand Champion ($3), sent off at 1-2, overcame traffic trouble under Dominguez to nip Lemons of Love in the $142,500 Sprint.

* Moon Catcher ($3.20) justified her odds of 3-5 in the $142,500 Oaks, leading wire to wire under Black and winning by 4 1/2 lengths over Paying Off.

* Akronism ($9.60), ridden by Anthony Black, held off 2-5 favorite Silmaril in the $142,500 Distaff. Silmaril, the defending Distaff champion, was going for her third victory in the Maryland Million series.