Depository proved best in an off-the-turf maiden race. Photo by Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club.

Two-year-old racing was in full swing around the Mid-Atlantic Saturday afternoon, with the all-maiden menu including Jersey-breds, maiden claimers, and maiden special weight runners.

At Laurel Park, it was Depository who dodged the raindrops most effectively. The Mosler gelding dominated an off-the-turf maiden special weight, winning by seven lengths over a muddy, sealed main track.

A distant second in his debut August 7 – he was more than four lengths in arrears of winner Ain’t Da Beer Cold – Depository showed he’d learned some lessons in that effort. Saturday, under Laurellea Glaser, Depository cruised up to his rivals while four wide nearing the quarter-pole and drew away for the easy win in 1:40.05 for the one-turn mile.

Depository is trained by Cal Lynch for owner-breeder Hope Haskell Jones and was bred in Maryland…

Six runners faced the starter in a Delaware Park maiden special weight for two-year-olds, and, combined, they had made a total of zero prior starts.

With experience no factor, gate speed became the most important asset, and it was Sir Wellington who bounced away in first and never looked back. The Palace colt won by 6 ½ lengths in 59.41 seconds for five furlongs over a sloppy, sealed main track.

A $55,000 auction purchase, Sir Wellington was bred in Louisiana by BCS Thoroughbreds LLC. He’s trained by McLean Robertson for Xtreme Racing Stables LLC.

He was sent off by bettors at 8-1, but under jockey Cecily Evans, he came out running. Favored Aztar gave willing chase but was no match while remaining well clear of the rest…

Monmouth Park carded three baby races on Saturday, including the second, a $20,000 maiden claimer, and the fourth, a maiden special for NJ-breds. Both were contested at 5 ½ furlongs over a sloppy, sealed main track. Also on the docket was a one-mile maiden special test for fillies.

In the first of the trio, the Kathleen O’Connell trainee Warm Sunny Breeze grabbed the lead early, shook loose of his rivals on the turn, and went on to a 5 ¼-length triumph in 1:06.19. Warm Sunny Breeze, third and fourth in two prior tries, went off as the 3-5 betting favorite.

Antonio Gallardo was in the irons for the Florida-bred, a homebred Cajun Breeze gelding for Stonehedge LLC.

Two races later, Jersey Jewel, a filly in a state-bred race evenly split between boys and girls, led throughout to win by a length in 1:06.39. Favored No Cents, a first-timer who went off at even-money, had a rough trip before getting up for second.

Trained by Kent Sweezey, Jersey Jewel, a daughter of Wicked Rich, was second on debut August 14. A $25,000 auction purchase as a two-year-old in training, Jersey Jewel was bred by Wes Carter and is owned by Fano Racing.

In the seventh, a maiden special for two-year-old fillies going a mile on the sloppy, sealed main track, Tete a Tete led throughout to win by 4 ½ lengths in 1:42.81. The race had originally been scheduled for the grass.

A Malibu Moon homebred filly for Mt. Brilliant Farm, Tete a Tete had been sixth in each of her first two career starts, one at Churchill Downs and one at Keeneland.

But on Saturday under Hector Diaz, Jr., the Michael Stidham trainee controlled throughout en route to the win.