06/01/2007 11:00PM

Timely move gets Marias Golden Rose home first

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Marias Golden Rose moved from midpack on the backstretch to contending for the lead on the turn, opened a three-length lead in midstretch, and cruised home a 2 1/2-length winner in the $75,000 Pearl Necklace for Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies.

"At the quarter-pole I had too much horse so I just let her run," winning jockey Horacio Karamanos said

Ziggly took all the late money, went off at 4-5, and hung too far back too long under Luis Garcia, closing hard from last on the turn to finish second but never threatened the winner.

Gentleman's Locket ran third in the field of six.

Marias Golden Rose covered the 1o1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:44.20 and paid $13.40.

It was the first stakes win for Marias Golden Rose, a homebred daughter of Eastern Echo who is owned and trained by John Friedman. She now has 3 wins, 1 second and 1 third in 11 starts and earnings of $92,860.