12/26/2005 12:00AM

Somethinaboutbetty gets job done at 3-5


As expected, a heavy favorite won Monday's $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at Laurel Park. Not, however, the morning-line choice.

Celestial Legend, 7-5 in the track program on the basis of her 4-for-4 record, was scratched when the track came up muddy.

In her absence, New York shipper Somethinaboutbetty was pounded to 3-5 and delivered a 2 1/2-length victory in the stakes restricted to Maryland-bred 2-year-old fillies. Her time for one mile was 1:41.04.

Ridden by Mike Luzzi for trainer Todd Pletcher, Somethinaboutbetty ($3.40) took command of the race early, but second choice Keep on Talking and Dress Grey drew nearly even with her with a furlong remaining. Somethinaboutbetty responded to the challenge by pulling away in deep stretch to win for the second time in five career starts.

Don't Tell Susan, a 15-1 shot, rallied to take second, a neck in front of Keep on Talking.