02/21/2011 6:53PM

No Advantage takes General George by a neck

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Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue
No Advantage, winning last month's General George. is using Saturday's Harrison Johnson as a prep for the $1 million Charles Town Classic.

When No Advantage drew the outside post in the 14-horse field for Monday's Grade 2, $150,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park, trainer Stephanie Beattie was surprisingly happy.

"He actually runs his best races from the outside," Beattie said after the draw.

That trend continued Monday as No Advantage had a wide, but unimpeded trip under Manuel Chaves, making the lead in midstretch and outlasting favored Laysh Laysh Laysh by a neck to take the General George. It was 1 3/4 lengths back to Heritage Hall in third. They were followed in the order of finish by Ben's Cat, Driven by Success, Temecula Creek, Delaunay, Streetsofbrooklyn, Sin and the City, Evening Concerto, and Taqarub. A field of 11 ran in the General George after Driven by Solar, Escrow Kid and Morumsco scratched.

The win reversed the order of finish from last month's Northern Dancer Stakes at Laurel in which Laysh Laysh Laysh finished 2 1/4 lengths ahead of No Advantage. It was the first graded stakes win of Chaves' career and the second for Beattie. No Advantage won the Grade 3 William Donald Schaefer for Beattie at Pimlico on Preakness Day in 2009.

"This one's actually better," said Beattie, who trains No Advantage for Suarez Racing Inc. "Chaves and I worked really hard on this horse, so it means a lot to have this win. He rode this horse awesome. He comes running from the outside and Chaves did it perfectly."

No Advantage was seventh, but only five lengths off the lead as there was a three-ply battle up front between Taqarub, Driven by Success, and Delaunay. That trio went an opening quarter in 23.46 seconds.

Delaunay and Taqarub continued to battle through a half-mile in 46.61 seconds while Chaves began to rally No Advantage five wide on the far turn. Though No Advantage drifted out a couple of times under Chaves' left-handed whip, he was still able to get the wire first. No Advantage, a 6-year-old son of Posse, covered the seven furlongs in 1:24.46 and returned $23.80.

"He's a horse that normally breaks a little slow so I just let him find his stride going down the backside," Chaves said. "He just gets comfortable and gets into the race and responds whenever I ask him. He's an amazing horse. He knows where that wire is. He's got an enormous amount of heart."

Erick Rodriguez, the rider of Laysh Laysh Laysh, said he had a perfect trip, "but we just ran out of racetrack."

Beattie said she would like to run No Advantage next in the $1 million Charles Town Classic in April.