04/14/2003 12:00AM

Pimlico: Heavy favorite upset


Not even Home Run Hitter's trainer, Ben Feliciano, gave her much of a chance against Randaroo, who was sent off at 1-20 odds in the $75,000 Smart Halo after easily winning the first three starts of her career.

Home Run Hitter ($29.80), a distant second to Randaroo when they met in an allowance race last month in New York, inched her way past Randaroo coming into the stretch and held on by a neck.

"I really didn't think we had a shot," Feliciano admitted after Home Run Hitter completed the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies in 1:11.94. "Second was fine with me. But she showed a lot of heart and ran really gamely."

Mario Pino, who rode Randaroo, said he sensed his mount was in trouble about halfway through the race. "She struggled at the three-eighths pole," Pino said. "I was asking her right there and that's not a good sign if you have any horse. She did not run her top race and I'm kind of in shoock."