05/25/2007 11:00PM

Katie's Love ends drought


Katie's Love has far more seconds and thirds than victories on fast tracks, having won just 2 of 25 such starts before Saturday, while collecting 8 seconds and 6 thirds.

But when she could have settled for a small piece of the purse once again, trailing by 2 1/2 lengths with a furlong remaining, Katie's Love ($10) kept coming in deep stretch and won by three-quarters of a length over Hanalei Bay in the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes at Pimlico.

The win in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race for Maryland-bred fillies and mares ended a 10-race losing streak for Katie's Love, a 5-year-old trained by Nancy Alberts. Ridden for the first time by Horacio Karamanos, Katie's Love completed the distance in 1:45.31.

Hanalei Bay sat second for the first half-mile before blowing past pacesetter Lonaconing and opening up a 3 1/2-length lead coming into the stretch. She held second, finishing three lengths clear of Take a Check, the 2-1 second choice.

Miss Lombardi, the even-money favorite, finished 2 1/2 lengths farther back in fourth.