08/04/2012 2:52PM

Mountaineer: Maybe So turns back strong favorite in Mountaineer Juvenile

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Maybe So, ridden by Mike Smith, wins by a half-length in the Mountaineer Juvenile.

CHESTER, W.Va. – Maybe So outdueled heavily favored Circle Unbroken to open the West Virginia Derby program Saturday at Mountaineer Racetrack, edging ahead in the final half-furlong to prevail by a neck in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile.

Maybe So returned $6.60 after finishing the six-furlong distance in 1:10.09, a stakes record in eight runnings of the Juvenile. Circle Unbroken, the 2-5 favorite off two wins at Churchill Downs, was a neck behind the winner and another seven lengths before third-finisher Pitch N Roll in a field of seven.

Maybe So, with Mike Smith aboard for trainer Al Stall Jr., was racing without Lasix after having been treated with it before his 25-1 debut victory at Churchill in June. Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm are among the prominent owners who have pledged not to run 2-year-olds on the diuretic.

“Maybe everybody should jump on board with that,” said a smiling Dilschneider.

Circle Unbroken, with Leandro Goncalves up for trainer Garry Simms, glided to the lead leaving the quarter pole but was unable to withstand the steady outside run of Maybe So.

A little later Saturday, Significant Bling ($5) stayed unbeaten in four career starts when prevailing over 2-5 choice Scammony in a scratched-down renewal of the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies. Ridden by Deshawn Parker, the perennial leading jockey at Mountaineer, Significant Bling took command nearing the quarter pole and never let Scammony past her. She finished six furlongs in 1:10.86.

Significant Bling, a gray Ohio-bred, is based at Presque Isle Downs with trainer Tim Hamm. She won two restricted stakes in Ohio leading up to the Juvenile Fillies.

Blueeyesintherein, the even-money favorite on the morning line, was an early scratch from the Juvenile Fillies after coming up lame on race morning. The setback is not expected to be long-lasting, said Simms. Three others were scratched from an original cast of nine.

In other early stakes:

* $100,000 W.Va. Legislature Chairman’s Cup Handicap: Golden Country ($29.40) got a hustling ride from T.D. Houghton in finishing a half-length before Immortal Eyes, the favorite and defending champion, in this 4 1/2-furlong race, which went in 50.95 seconds. The winner is based at the Thoroughbred training center in Kentucky with trainer Tom Bergin.

*$100,000 W.Va. Secretary of State Handicap: Sweet Cassiopeia ($7.60) made a swift move at the quarter pole to overhaul favored Speedacious and move on  to a 4 1/4-length score over Tamarind Hall in this six-furlong race that scratched down to a field of seven fillies and mares. Churchill-based Bill Connelly took over the training of the winner earlier this summer.