Updated on 09/17/2011 2:37PM

Yearly Report rolls at 1-2

Yearly Report surges to the lead en route to victory in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan.

BALTIMORE - Yearly Report, given a cagey ride by Jerry Bailey, took over in the final furlong for her second graded-stakes triumph Friday in the 80th running of the Grade 2 at Pimlico.

Yearly Report had been unable to run in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks because of scheduling problems caused by muscle cramping, or "tying up," in late March. So trainer Bob Baffert made the appropriate adjustments with the filly, and she responded Friday with a 1 1/2-length triumph over Pawyne Princess in the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan.

Yearly Report, bred and owned in California by Golden Eagle Farm, was always a player amid a slow pace that unfolded in the 1 1/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan. With Bailey keeping his mount well placed between America America and Rare Gift through fractions of 25.21 and 49.71 seconds, Yearly Report assumed the lead, then gradually edged away once Bailey let her loose down the stretch.

Yearly Report returned $3 as the heavy favorite after finishing in 1:52.65 over a track rated fast but one that Bailey called "deep and tiring."

"There is no question she likes to respond to a challenge," said Baffert.

Pawyne Princess did not show her customary early speed but had a comfortable rail trip under Ramon Dominguez. She had every chance to run down Yearly Report in the stretch but was unable to do so.

"She saddled nicely and gave everything she had," said Dominguez

Rare Gift finished just a neck behind Pawyne Princess in third. Then came Native Annie, Menifeeque, Song Track, and America America. Pilfer was an early scratch.

Yearly Report, by General Meeting, now has won 4 of 5 career starts and $378,400. Her previous graded win came in the Jan. 19 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita.

BC Distaff: Friel's for Real scores upset

Friel's for Real took advantage of her sharp current form to step up in class and knock off such better-known older female runners as Fircroft and Nonsuch Bay in Friday's Grade 3, $150,000 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap.

Friel's for Real was competing in a graded stakes race for the first time, in her 15th lifetime start, but trainer Ned Allard took a shot because the 4-year-old Sword Dance filly had won four of her previous five starts. Despite having a form edge on her rivals, she escaped at 11-1 and paid $24.80 after downing Saintly Action by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:45.03 for 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track.

"She's definitely an improving horse," Allard said. "Sword Dances seem to get better with age. She's getting better."

Allard said his biggest concern was that Friel's for Real was shortening up after running her 1 1/8 miles in her previous three starts. But she rallied aggressively on the turn under Abel Castellano Jr. and hit the front a furlong out.

Saintly Action finished two lengths in front of third-place Nonsuch Bay. Fircroft was fifth, and 9-5 favorite Angela's Love faded to sixth in the field of eight after setting a moderate early pace.

Roar Emotion, who was entered in Saturday's Shuvee Handicap at Belmont Park, and Smok'n Frolic, who suffered a bruised foot this week, both were scratched, as expected.

Friel's for Real, who was bred and is owned by Gil Campbell, has now won eight times in 15 starts. The $90,000 first-prize money brought her lifetime total to $260,080.

- Jay Privman

Miss Preakness: Forest Music thrills Gill

Even as late as Friday morning, trainer Mark Shuman did not want to run Forest Music in the Grade 3, $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes, fearing she wasn't fit enough to win. But, owner Michael Gill was insistent that she run.

Score one for the owner.

In her first start since December, Forest Music showed the ability to rate, tipped five wide turning for home, and held off a late charge from Stephan's Angel to win the Miss Preakness by a head. It was another 4 1/4 lengths back to Fall Fashion in third. Areek, the 8-5 favorite, finished a non-threatening sixth.

It was one of four winners on the card for Gill, who ran horses in eight of the 12 races. It was also the fourth win on the card for jockey Ramon Dominguez.

The Miss Preakness was marred by a spill in the stretch when Among My Souvenirs broke her right front ankle and had to be euthanized. Jockey Mario Pino escaped injury. Perilous Night ran into Among My Souvenirs, but neither she nor jockey Jozbin Santana were injured.

Forest Music dazzled observers last fall when she won her maiden by 8 1/2 lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 105. But, her campaign fell apart when Gill decided to run her in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, a race in which she finished last. After two more bad performances, she was put away for the winter.

"We definitely mismanaged her last year,'' Shuman said. "The best thing was we didn't hurt her. We blistered her and backed off her, and she had three workouts for this.''

In discussing the decision to run, Shuman said Gill asked him, "Is she sound? I said 'yea.' He said, 'Is she breathing?' I said, 'yea.' He said, 'we're running.'"

Forest Music covered the six furlongs in 1:10.97 and returned $19.80.

- David Grening

The Very One: Go Go Baby Go pops at 12-1

Go Go Baby Go blasted out of the gate, set sharp fractions, and then held off her rivals to score a front-running victory in course-record time in the $75,000 The Very One Stakes for female turf sprinters Friday at Pimlico.

Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger had little option with his rail draw, so he hustled Go Go Baby Go to the lead through blistering fractions of 21.36 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 43.96 seconds for a half-mile.

Go Go Baby Go kicked away at midstretch, and although she was getting weary in the final yards, she kept to her task and completed five furlongs on firm turf in 56.02 seconds while defeating Oh Say Vicki by a half-length.

Boozin' Susan finished fast for third, a neck behind Oh Say Vicki.

Bronze Abe, Desirable Moment, Look to Heaven, Nicole's Dream, and With Patience were all scratched, leaving a field of nine.

Go Go Baby Go ($27.20) had won six of her previous 12 starts, but had not raced since New Year's Day. In four previous turf sprints, she had one win, in an allowance race at Philadelphia Park.

Kathleen DeMasi trains Go Go Baby Go, a 5-year-old mare by Marked Tree.

- Jay Privman