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Knit One Purr Too Rallies To Win Stormy Blues Stakes
BALTIMORE, 04-19-14---After five furlongs of battle, PTK LLC’s Knit One Purr Too edged clear of Hot Squeeze and won the $100,000 Stormy Blues Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the first of four stakes on Saturday’s 11-race card at Pimlico Race Course.
The Dane Kobiskie trained filly, who carried Grant Whitacre, won by a neck and covered the distance in 59.65 on the firm turf course. Hot Squeeze was second and Miss Behaviour finished third.
“I knew I had a ton of horse,” Whitacre said. “She broke real well. I didn’t have any trouble in the race. I love speed horses and I knew that she could run. The one horse (Hot Squeeze) went out very fast so I just stayed with her. I had plenty of horse left and I was able to just let her run her race.”
The winner paid $13.60. The daughter of Tale of the Cat has never been worse than second in five career starts. She made her turf debut with a second place finish against older horses last Friday at Old Hilltop.
“I wouldn’t have come back this quick normally but when I saw her show all that speed last week against those good older fillies and mares I thought this was a great spot for straight 3-year olds,” Kobiskie said. “She’s bred for nothing but turf and you’re so limited with straight three-year old filly sprint turf stakes that I really couldn’t let this opportunity get by. This filly’s very talented. I knew at the top of the lane she was going to give me 110%. This was a very impressive race today.”
The victory improves Knot One Purr Too’s career earnings to $125,010.
Tizgale, the morning line favorite, was scratched. Sweet Emma Rose, the betting choice, finished next to last.
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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.