11/15/2014 4:19PM

Stormin Monarcho scores in Richard W. Small Stakes

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Stormin Monarcho and jockey Jevian Toledo win the Richard W. Small Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths Saturday.

LAUREL, Md. – Stormin Monarcho avoided a traffic jam at the top of the stretch of the $100,000 Richard W. Small Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park and shot to the lead when a number of runners were looking for racing room.

Stormin Monarcho, ridden by Jevian Toledo, held a three-length lead at the furlong pole of the 1 1/8-mile race over Page McKenney and at the end defeated that rival by 2 3/4 lengths.

"There was a lot of speed in this race, so I put my horse behind them in a good spot,” Toledo said. “There were horses fighting it out on the front end, and mine was going nice and easy. At the quarter pole, I had a lot of horse left, and I asked him to go, and he responded well.”

The Small Stakes was marred when Talk Show Man fell while in tight quarters between horses entering the stretch. Jockey Xavier Perez was thrown hard in the serious-looking spill, but neither horse nor rider was seriously hurt, acccording to track spokesman Mike Gathagan. The spill came a day after jockey Alex Cintron broke his jaw and other facial bones in a Laurel spill.

Cintron was originally named to ride Stormin Monarcho but Jevian Toledo picked up the mount.

Stormin Monarcho, trained by David Jacobson, has won 8 of 27 starts. He paid $7.40 as the favorite and was timed in 1:49.32.

Beautyinthepulpit finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Page McKenney.

Who's in Town wins Safely Kept

Who's in Town, forwardly placed along the inside early, was taken outward for the stretch run, took the lead in midstretch from True Romance, then held off the favored Shayjolie by three-quarters of a length to win the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park.

Shayjolie, along the inside into the stretch, swung out in midstretch and was moving well late. True Romance, who finished a head behind Shayjolie, made a bold move four wide on the far turn and appeared in control entering the stretch but was outfinished.

Who's in Town is trained by Michael Matz and was ridden by Julian Pimentel. He paid $11.40 to win as the co-second choice in the 14-horse field and was timed for the seven furlongs in 1:23.68.

Who's in Town was originally scheduled to be ridden by Cintron.

Griff rallies to take City of Laurel

Griff was last early in the seven-furlong City of Laurel but first when it counted after rallying past Cutty Shark in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $100,000 race for 3-year-olds by 2 1/4 lengths.

Amelia's Wild Ride sprinted clear early and showed the way to upper stretch through fractions of 22.85 and 45.42 seconds. Cutty Shark took the lead in upper stretch and covered six furlongs in 1:09.69 before giving way to the winner.

Griff moved up along the inside on the backstretch, went between horses on the turn, and then rallied from well out in the track under Abel Castellano Jr.

Bump Start finished third, a neck behind Cutty Shark. The favorite in the 13-horse field at 4.30-1 was Souper Lucky.

Griff, trained by Tim Hills, paid $10.80 and was timed in 1:21.92.