06/25/2016 4:12PM

Eyeplayeveryday, Debbie's Tude give connections sweep of Maryland-bred stakes

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Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Eyeplayeveryday, under Feargal Lynch, barely outfinishes English Minister (3) and favored Phlash Phelps (inside) in the $75,000 Find.

Trainer Bill Komlo combined with owner-breeders Michael and Debbie Horning to score upsets in the co-featured $75,000 turf stakes for Maryland-breds on Saturday’s Maryland-Virginia Breeders Day program at Pimlico.

Eyeplayeveryday, making just his second start since narrowly missing in the Find Stakes last August, survived a stewards’ inquiry and two jockey objections to defeat English Minister by a neck in the 1 1/8-mile Find. Phlash Phelps, who beat Eyeplayeveryday by a half-length in last year’s Find, finished third, a neck behind English Minister, as the 1-5 favorite in a field of five older statebreds.

The inquiry and jockey objections concerned the stretch run, where Eyeplayeveryday drifted out near the eighth pole. English Minister and fourth-place finisher Sonny Inspired both steadied in midstretch, but after reviewing the video, the stewards did not alter the order of finish.

Two races earlier, the 5-year-old mare Debbie’s Tude, competing in the All Brandy Stakes for fillies and mares for the third straight year, withstood a rally from 9-5 favorite Ginger N Rye to prevail by a head in the 1 1/8-mile turf race.

“I was pretty confident,” Michael Horning said after Eyeplayeveryday ($19), a 5-year-old son of Jazil, won for the fourth time in 16 starts in the Find.

Horning said he was grateful to Georganne Hale, racing secretary for the Maryland Jockey Club, for writing a third-level optional claimer earlier this month that allowed Eyeplayeveryday to get a useful prep for the Find. He finished third that day, 1 3/4 lengths behind English Minister.

“We needed a prep race and Georgeann was able to write a three-other-than that came up pretty tough,” Horning said. “He ran gamely and that set him up perfectly for this.”

Eyeplayeveryday, ridden for the first time by Feargal Lynch, covered the nine furlongs on firm turf in 1:49.61.

Debbie’s Tude ($18.40), fifth in last year’s All Brandy and fourth in the 2014 running, was making her second start of the season after wiring $15,000 claimers three weeks ago. She was sent to the front again Saturday by jockey Luis Garcia and led by 3 1/2 lengths through six furlongs in 1:13.06. She was a comfortable four lengths clear at the eighth pole when Ginger N Rye, bidding for her first stakes victory, finished strongly under Victor Carrasco to just miss. The winning time was 1:49.62.

A daughter of Aptitude, Debbie’s Tude is now 6 for 21 with earnings of $166,043.

In the three $60,000 stakes for Virginia-bred or Virginia-sired horses:

Despite lugging in at the eighth pole, Rose Brier ($3.60) held off Special Envoy by a length in the Edward Evans Stakes. The 7-year-old Rose Brier, a son of Mizzen Mast ridden by Alex Cintron for trainer Jane Cibelli, ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:42.77.  He is now 13 for 33 lifetime with earnings of $422,726.

Although he won similar restricted stakes in 2014 and 2015, and was listed at 7-2 on the track’s morning line, Two Notch Road paid an overlaid $27.60 for his one-length win over Moon River in the White Oak Farm, a five-furlong turf sprint. Under Julian Pimentel, the 9-year-old Two Notch Road, a son of Partner’s Hero trained by Glenn Thompson, won for the sixth time in 30 starts. He won the 5 1/2-furlong Punch Line at Laurel Park each of the past two seasons. The winning time Saturday was 56.89 seconds.

Cintron collected his second stakes win on the card when he guided 6-5 favorite Queen Caroline to a one-length victory over Secret or Not in the 1 1/16-mile Nellie Mae Cox for fillies and mares. Queen Caroline, a 3-year-old daughter of Blame trained by Michael Matz, ran the distance in 1:42.41. She was coming off a maiden victory last month.