08/08/2008 11:00PM

Small entry runs 1-2-3


The three-horse Richard Small-trained entry ran first, second, and third in the $50,000 Twixt for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park, but with a twist.

Pissarro crossed the line first after a roughly run stretch drive, a neck ahead of Hartigan with Inventive another 4 3/4 lengths behind. After a review, the stewards reversed the order of the first two finishers.

Pissarro opened a two-length lead in early stretch of the one-mile race under Mario Pino, then drifted out sharply as Hartigan swooped up on the outside. Hartigan again went to take the lead a few yards later, and again Pissarro drifted out, staying in front to the wire.

The stewards called for an inquiry right away, and jockey Jozbin Santana aboard Hartigan lodged an objection for interference in the stretch.

Pissaro was timed in 1:38.09 over a fast track, and the entry paid $3 to win and $2.10 to place.

Halcyon and Swallow Falls were scratched, reducing the field to six, counting the entry, and show betting was canceled.

First flash in the betting, $3,365 of $3,470 in the place pool was bet on the entry. At post time the entry had 97 percent of the place pool – $75,316 of $77,493.

The top three finishers are all owned by Robert Meyerhoff’s Fitzhugh LLC. Hartigan now has 5 wins and 4 seconds in 11 starts, and the $30,000 for first place raised her career earnings to $194,300.

Asked if he had ever run one-two-three in a stakes race before, Small said, “I think this might be a first.”