03/18/2002 12:00AM

Laurel: First Amendment wins

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First Amendment set some quick early fractions but had enough left in the tank to win Saturday's $50,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Handicap at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md.

First Amendment defeated P Day by 3 1/4 lengths in the 1 1/8-mile Johnson, for older males. Lyracist finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up.

Owned by Michael Gill, First Amendment, a 5-year-old, completed the distance in 1:49.35 over a fast track after clicking off fractions of 23.31 seconds, 46.62, and 1:11.15.

First Amendment ($14.60) is trained by Mark Shuman.