04/18/2009 12:00AM

Short rest suits Princess Nyla just fine


Coming back to race in seven days worked better for Princess Nyla than it did for odds-on favorite All Smiles.

The 4-year-old Princess Nyla ($8.60), making just her second start since February after finishing third as the 2-1 favorite in an allowance at Charles Town a week earlier, made a four-wide move into the stretch under Julien Pimental to score a 4 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $50,000 Geisha Stakes, the opening-day co-feature at Pimlico.

Trained by Chris Grove, Princess Nyla covered 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in the stakes restricted to Maryland-bred fillies and mares in 1:45.43.

All Smiles, who had to go five wide into the stretch, settled for second at 1-2 odds, 5 3/4 lengths in front of Church Bells. All Smiles was seeking her second straight stakes after winning last week's Dahlia on closing day at Laurel Park.

* Blind Date ($6.80) rallied from next-to-last and drew off to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $50,000 Hookedonthefeelin Stakes for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Making her first start since November and her turf debut in the five-furlong sprint, Blind Date came from eighth by making a five-wide move under jockey Jeremy Rose to defeat Onearmedbandit. She had finished third in last fall's Maryland Million Lassie in her only previous stakes try.

Next Big Nothin', the longest shot in a field of nine at 26-1, necked out 9-5 favorite Haley's Lolipop for third.

The winning time over a course rated good was 1:00.78.