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.
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.