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Daydreamin Gracie Shines in Shine Again Stakes
BALTIMORE, 04-27-13---PTK LLC’s Daydreamin Gracie swept by the pacesetter and stormed to victory in the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes, the first of two stakes on Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.
Garry Cruise was at the reins for trainer Dane Kobiskie for the first time as the daughter of Domestic Dispute beat seven other Maryland-bred fillies and mares in the 1-1/16th mile test for non-winners of a stakes. Daydreamin Gracie finished eight lengths ahead of Touch the Birds.
“They told me just exactly how to ride her,” said Cruise. “She’s a big, good looking, honest filly. She’ll give you everything she’s got. Leave her alone and she’ll do her thing. She knows how to win and I just was the guy who was lucky enough to be on her today.”
The 34-year-old Cruise relocated to the mid-Atlantic last fall after spending the previous seven years riding at Woodbine and Fort Erie in Ontario.
“I have always wanted to ride in this part of the country,” added Cruise. “The quality of jockeys is amazing. I grew up idolizing Maryland riders. Dane and I have been friends for 12 years. We used to gallop horses for Dallas Stewart and this was an opportunity to ride for my friend.”
Daydreamin Gracie, who has now won six of her last eight starts, completed the distance in 1:46.1 and paid $7.
About Pimlico Race Course
Historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the middle jewel in horse racing's famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.
Pimlico Race Course is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.