08/11/2007 12:00AM

Paying Off rallies in Twixt


Paying Off enjoyed a return to dirt in the $50,000 Twixt Stakes at Laurel, winning the one-mile race for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies by a length.

Paying Off, owned by Morgan Wayson Jr. and trained by John Robb, had finished last of six on the Pimlico turf in the Pearl Necklace last out. In the Twixt, she took advantage of a speed duel to rally from seventh under Oliver Castillo and defeat runner-up Welcome Inn, with 4-5 favorite Ethan's Car another 3 3/4 lengths back in third.

Paying Off, a Malibu Moon filly, ran the mile in 1:41.08 and returned $14.60.