and jockey Forest Boyce teamed up to win for the fifth time, beating
25-1 longshot Ask Me Anything in the $77,500 Dahlia Stakes for fillies
and mares this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course. The Dahlia was one of
two stakes races on Saturday’s 10-race card.
bred and trained by Susan Cooney, Embarr and Boyce tracked Ask Me
Anything in the one mile turf contest, edged to the front at the top of
the lane, lost the lead a sixteenth of a mile from the finish line and
battled back to win by three-quarters of a length. Charged Cotton joined
the battle late in the race and finished a very close third.
wanted to be sitting about three, four lengths off the pace. There
wasn’t a lot of speed. I didn’t want to be that close but she decided
she wanted to be there so I let her do her thing,” said Boyce. The
rider has won five times aboard the daughter of Royal Academy, including
the 2011 Broadmede Stakes at Colonial Downs.
Embarr is a perfect three-for-three at Pimlico.
was confident because Susan and Pat (Cooney’s husband steeplechase
rider Pat Cooney) would have her fit,” added Boyce. “They do such a good
job and she is just so consistent. She can be a funny horse but we get
along well and she has never run a bad race for me.”
winning time was 1:37.35 and she paid $8, as the second betting choice.
The 5-year-old mare is 7-of-16 lifetime with earnings of $224,484.
Julie’s Love, the 7-10 favorite, finished fourth.