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Just How Good is Know More?

Know More came out of his debut-race victory in the Grade II $150,000 Best Pal Stakes on Sunday “fantastic,” trainer Doug O’Neill reported Wednesday morning. The plan is to train the 2-year-old son of Lion Heart up to the $300,000 Grade I Del Mar Futurity on the closing day of the meeting, Wednesday, September 5.

“We’ll probably have time for one breeze, but other than that, just real strong gallops,” O’Neill said. “A good gallop for him is the equivalent of a workout for most horses. He’s got a great mind, knows what he’s supposed to do and gets it done.”

The half-length victory by Know More over Heir Kitty in 1:16.14 for 6 ½ furlongs had O’Neill and jockey Garrett Gomez enthused about the future for the colt owned by J. Paul Reddam. Know More is believed to be the first to notch a first-outing stakes victory on the Southern California circuit in more than three decades.

Past Forgetting won the 1981 La Centinela Stakes at Santa Anita, covering six furlongs in a then stakes record 1:08 1/5 for owner B.J. Ridder and trainer Gordon Campbell. Seven years earlier, 3-year-old filly Modus Vivendi, racing for the same Ridder/Campbell connections, also won the La Centinela.

“It takes a special kind of horse to do what he did,” Gomez said after the Best Pal. “We just have to be hopeful that he’s all that we think he is.”

“It exceeded our expectations,” O’Neill said. “We were expecting him to put in a good effort, but you never expect something like this right out of the box.”

With one young standout having been thus introduced, the O’Neill stable will look to do so with others in the coming days and weeks.

“We’ve got about 10 2-year-olds that are hard to separate,” O’Neill said. “You don’t know if they’re going to take what they’re doing in the morning (workouts) to the afternoon (racing). But we’re excited about all of them.”

 

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Im a big fan of O'Neills horses, so I am excited. Obviously he's not the best horse ever yet. I can't wait to follow him on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
I'm certainly not one to get excited about 2 year old racing, but this horse is the definition of promising. His maiden debut was a G2 race that he won (how many horses of today can claim that?), his times were good, he won with ease, and his pedigree screams stamina. This is one to keep an eye on.
Who ever said he is the best horse ever? Who is acting like he is the best horse ever? I must of missed the memo. It's difficult to win your debut in G2 race, give the horse a little credit. Shame people for being even a tad excited about a 2yo. I feel dirty at the mere thought! *smh*
Know More did run a little faster tha Executiveprivilege did in the Sorrento
jmac500, don't you think the horse deserves a bit of credit for winning a grade 2 as a debut? And no, not everyone thinks he is the best horse ever. At least someone who loves a horse whose name starts with an S...
He's raced once! And everyone acts like he's the best horse ever!
Know More received an 82 BSF for his debut win in the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar on 8-5.

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