As methodical a planner as trainer Todd Pletcher is, Friday&rsquo;s Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico wasn&rsquo;t on the original schedule for his tall, rangy 3-year-old filly R Holiday Mood.\r\nBut after the filly breezed so well last Saturday at Belmont Park, Pletcher convinced owner Joyce Robsham to pay the $500 supplemental fee to nominate R Holiday Mood to the six-furlong stakes race. The move paid big dividends as R Holiday Mood, under jockey John Velazquez, stalked the early pace of favorite Final Mesa, took the lead in deep stretch and held off a hard-charging Strike the Moon to win the $52,750 Miss Preakness by a neck. It was three-quarters of a length back to Bold Affair in third.\r\nThe win was the third in five starts for R Holiday Mood, whose previous victories were around two turns over Aqueduct&rsquo;s inner track during the winter. She was coming out of a fourth-place finish to Hot Summer in the Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct on April 9.\r\nPletcher hadn&rsquo;t devised a plan for R Holiday Mood before she put in a best-of-80 four-furlong breeze in 47.80 seconds last Saturday over Belmont&rsquo;s main track.\r\n&ldquo;I thought she breezed good on Saturday, knew this race was here,&rdquo; said Pletcher. &ldquo;I said &lsquo;you know what, let&rsquo;s give it a try and back her up to three quarters and see what happens.&rsquo; &rdquo;\r\nR Holiday Mood broke sharply from the outside post under Velazquez, and found herself within a half-length of Final Mesa through a quarter-mile in 23.00 seconds and a half-mile in 46.12 seconds.\r\nInside the sixteenth pole, R Holiday Mood wrested a short lead from Final Mesa, the 4-5 favorite, and persevered past that one while holding off Strike the Moon, who had dropped back to sixth on the far turn.\r\nR Holiday Mood, a daughter of Trippi, covered the six furlongs in 1:12.12 and returned $11.20 to win.\r\nVelazquez said he was surprised by how much speed R Holiday Mood showed him early.\r\n&ldquo;She took it and it was like I&rsquo;m already here much closer than I expected for her to be, I might as well take advantage of it and hopefully I&lsquo;ll have something left to fight with down the lane,&rdquo; said Velazquez.