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Embarr Remains Perfect At Pimlico With Dahlia Stakes Score
BALTIMORE, 04-06-13---Embarr and jockey Forest Boyce teamed up to win for the fifth time, beating 25-1 longshot Ask Me Anything in the $77,500 Dahlia Stakes for fillies and mares this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course. The Dahlia was one of two stakes races on Saturday’s 10-race card.
Owned, bred and trained by Susan Cooney, Embarr and Boyce tracked Ask Me Anything in the one mile turf contest, edged to the front at the top of the lane, lost the lead a sixteenth of a mile from the finish line and battled back to win by three-quarters of a length. Charged Cotton joined the battle late in the race and finished a very close third.
“I wanted to be sitting about three, four lengths off the pace. There wasn’t a lot of speed. I didn’t want to be that close but she decided she wanted to be there so I let her do her thing,” said Boyce. The rider has won five times aboard the daughter of Royal Academy, including the 2011 Broadmede Stakes at Colonial Downs.
Embarr is a perfect three-for-three at Pimlico.
“I was confident because Susan and Pat (Cooney’s husband steeplechase rider Pat Cooney) would have her fit,” added Boyce. “They do such a good job and she is just so consistent. She can be a funny horse but we get along well and she has never run a bad race for me.”
Embarr’s winning time was 1:37.35 and she paid $8, as the second betting choice. The 5-year-old mare is 7-of-16 lifetime with earnings of $224,484.
Julie’s Love, the 7-10 favorite, finished fourth.
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.