12/31/2003 12:00AM

Pour It On upsets in Maryland Juvenile Fillies


The two heavy favorites in the $100,000 co-featured stakes for Maryland-bred 2-year-olds at Laurel Park went down to defeat Wednesday afternoon.

Pour It On, the longest shot in a seven-horse field, rallied along the rail to capture the Maryland Juvenile Fillies Championship, paying $74.20. She ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.17.

"I thought there were a couple in here that she couldn't beat," said trainer Hamilton Smith, who has now won the Juvenile Fillies three of the last five years. "As it turned out they didn't run their race and our filly ran the way she should run."

Richetta, the 1-5 favorite after winning three consecutive stakes, endured a wide trip and backed up to finish sixth.

Because Richetta attracted $51,733 of the $55,593 show pool, including a $25,000 bet from a bridge-jumper in Chicago, the payoffs were skewed. Pour It On paid $25.20 to place and $99.20 to show. Runner-up Sea of Promises, second choice at 4-1, paid $6.80 to place and $30 to show. Grant's Moon returned $38 for a $2 show ticket.

White Mountain Boy ($4.60), second choice behind 3-5 Cryptic Skier, went wire to wire to win the Maryland Juvenile Championship by six lengths, covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.49.

Cryptic Skier made a move to get close to White Mountain Boy at the top of the stretch, but the winner found a second gear and drew off.

"Nobody wanted it so I let my horse take the lead," jockey Abel Castellano Jr. said. "It was an easy pace and when it was time to ask him and the horse came close to him, he knew it was time for running. He's a nice horse."