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First Time for Everything

Never before has a first time starter won a graded stakes at Del Mar, but Know More stole the show by doing so today. Know More (right), a 2 year old Lion Heart colt out of Seattle Qui, did everything right to win a thrilling edition of the G2 Best Pal Stakes in his very first career outing.  Two fillies from Pete Miller's barn, Heir Kitty and Miss Empire, rounded out the trifecta with favored Scherer Magic fifth. 

 

Owned by Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O'Neill, Know More has worked twice since arriving at Del Mar, most recently 6 furlongs out of the gate in 1:14.  His connections have been high on him for as long as I've been visiting the barn here.  I'll Have Another, their 2012 Derby winner, ran 2nd in last year's Best Pal and a week ago I heard a rumor that they'd said Know More will be the 2013 Derby winner. 

 

While it is a bit premature to say that from an outsider's perspective, Know More certainly is one to watch- he relaxed well, commenced his rally coming out of the turn for home, and blew past his rivals after having to adjust course mid-stretch.  He even galloped out with his ears pricked.  The race was one of the most exciting I've seen in person (perhaps in part because I already liked the horse), and the scene at the winner's circle was one of jubilation-hugging, screaming, and fist pumping all around.  The connections' excitement over their horse-not just the win- was obvious.  "No" more?  Actually, O'Neill and Reddam just might have another. 

 


 

What the Nation is saying about First Time for Everything...

Wow, to break your maiden as a first timer in a graded stake? That's impressive and the connections must have known something. Stay on this path and who knows!
The 2013 Kentucky Derby could not be farther away, but so far so good for Know More ... I was impressed.

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Meet Christina Moore 
 

I’m Christina Moore, and my passion for horses has been lifelong.  I caught the racing bug around age 8 and I haven't looked back.  I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Business, with dreams of a career in horse racing.  I have since followed that dream to the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program where I am currently a graduate student slated to finish my studies in May 2013.  

This summer I’m interning at Del Mar, and since I was not fortunate enough to grow up near any track-let alone a big one- I am loving being submersed in the California racing scene.  As far as my future, I love everything about horse racing, and I am especially interested in marketing, as well as safety and welfare of the athletes. I hope to both make the sport better and share my love of the sport with people everywhere, making it more than just an afterthought on the American sports landscape.  With this blog I hope to give you a little insight into what's going on at Del Mar this summer.  Enjoy!