01/23/2010 1:00AM

Northern Station holds off Weathered at Laurel

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Northern Station scores her first stakes win in Saturday's Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel Park.

Northern Station ran her winning streak to three and won her first stakes race after a sustained stretch duel with Weathered in Saturday's at Laurel Park.

Weathered, the 3-5 favorite in a field of seven, went right to front in the one-mile stakes for fillies and mares, carving fractions of 23.99 seconds, 47.21, and 1:11.81 through the first three-quarters of a mile.

Northern Station, with Clinton Potts riding, bided her time in midpack before starting her rally approaching the turn. She made her move to the front four wide around the turn and then took the lead from Weathered near the three-sixteenths pole.

Northern Station put some daylight between her and Weathered in the stretch, but Weathered battled back along the inside, finishing just a neck behind the winner and 1 3/4 lengths in front of Emily Allstar. Final time for the one-turn mile on a fast track was 1:36.20.

Northern Station, a 5-year-old mare by Street Cry out of Quiet Word, returned $6.40 as the second choice. She is trained by Todd Beattie for owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and increased her lifetime record to 7-4-4 from 22 career starts. The $30,000 winner's share of the purse boosted Northern Station's career earnings to $181,680.