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Lively Times Gives Dylan Smith Her First Career Winner
BALTIMORE, 05-26-14---Lively Times, a Two Punch filly owned and trained by Dylan Smith, led from start to finish in today’s seventh race at Pimlico Race Course and rewarded her owner with her first victory as a licensed trainer.
Smith, 25, is a former assistant to trainer Dickie Small, who passed away in April. Lively Times was bred by and previously owned by Small.
“Dickie would be very happy,” Smith said. “He actually left her to me so I am really excited to win with her. It would have meant a lot to him.”
Lively Times covered the 5-furlong distance in 58.68 over the firm turf. She won by a neck over a hard-charging Sweet Soliloquy and paid $8.80.
“I didn’t want to get too excited when she first hit the wire because it was close,” added Smith. “There is a great deal of relief to get the first one. There is a lot of pressure for me to get the horses to run well. It is a big transition going from Dickie to me. I just want to show that I can do it.”
Small finished his career with 1,199 wins and conditioned 1994 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Concern.
Horacio Karamanos rode the winner. He had three winners on the 10-race card, also visiting the winners’ circle with Mo Didn’t Know ($35.80-race 3) and Petit Trianon ($18.40-race 9).
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.
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