05/17/2013 3:27PM

Miss Preakness: I'm Mom's Favorite barely reaches wire first

Barbara D. Livingston
I'm Mom's Favorite, under Sheldon Russell, noses out 50-1 longshot Flattering Bea in the Miss Preakness for 3-year-old fillies.

BALTIMORE - After watching his filly act up in the paddock to the point where she sprung a shoe and after watching her get pinched back at the break, trainer Tony Dutrow wasn’t feeling confident about the chances of I’m Mom’s Favorite in Friday’s $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes.

 “I did not think that we were even going to run good,” Dutrow said.

 But I’m Mom’s Favorite overcame all that plus a wild late run from 50-1 shot Flattering Bea to win the Miss Preakness by a nose at Pimlico. It was 1 3/4 lengths back to Lighthouse Bay in third.

 I’m Mom’s Favorite, who returned $3.80 as the odds-on choice, won for the second straight time and third time from five career starts. I’m Mom’s Favorite, a daughter of Indian Charlie owned by CJZ Racing Stable, covered six furlongs in 1:12.51.

 “She does have a little something to her to end up in the winner’s circle after all of this so she must be okay,” Dutrow said.

 Under Sheldon Russell, I’m Mom’s Favorite got squeezed back at the break and was farther off the pace than usual.  She made a five-wide rally into contention around the far turn and into the stretch and took over from Lighthouse Bay at the sixteenth pole. She was fortunate to win a nose bob over Flattering Bea, who was flying to her outside under Grant Whitacre.

“I didn’t see that horse coming on my outside but she dug in deep,” Russell said. “I got myself in a bit of a jackpot where I had no choice but to sort of rate her a little bit off the pace. I let her gather herself together. At the top of the stretch I tipped her out and she made a huge run. I was just lucky to get the win.”