05/18/2012 6:57PM

Pimlico: Coup takes Hilltop to cap big day for Velazquez

Tom Keyser
Coup, with John Velazquez riding, draws clear to win the Hilltop by a length.

BALTIMORE - Trainer Graham Motion entered three fillies in the Friday finale at Pimlico, the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes, but scratched two of them. Turns out, he only needed one anyway: Coup, who capped a big day for jockey John Velazquez by drawing clear to win the 1 1/16-mile turf race by a length.

Bred and owned by the Augustin Stable of George Strawbridge Jr., Coup finished in 1:42.71 over a firm course and returned $5 as favorite in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies. An Empire Maker filly, she was coming off a maiden victory at Gulfstream Park.

Seanchai, always on the pace, held second, another neck before Ainsley. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Anna Sophia, the second choice.

Earlier on the 13-race Preakness eve card, Velazquez won the Black Eyed Susan Stakes with In Lingerie and the Jim McKay Turf Sprint with Fiddlers Patriot.