BALTIMORE - Mike Repole named Stopchargingmaria to kid his wife about her credit-card activity, and the $300,000 the 3-year-old filly earned Friday will cover a lot of bills.
In an email to Newsday, the Nassau County resident wrote: "I just got back from Chicago and Maria's already shopping. Ha!"
The daughter of Tale of the Cat rallied late for jockey Javier Castellano to edge 15-1 shot Vero Amore by a neck to take the Grade II, $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico.
Stopchargingmaria paid $9.60 for her fourth win in eight starts for trainer Todd Pletcher, raising her career total to $874,000 for Repole Stable.
She ran 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 51.79 seconds on a good track for her third graded-stakes victory.
She finished fifth at Gulfstream and fourth at Oaklawn in her first two races this year.
"It was a terrific performance," said Pletcher, who won his fourth Black-Eyed Susan.
"Today, she acted like she was back to her old self."
Pletcher struck again in the Grade III, $300,000 Pimlico Special as favored Revolutionary ($6.40) came from last for Mike Smith to beat Prayer for Relief by a neck after completing 1 3/16 miles on a fast track in 1:55.99.
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