Now I Know Has Right Answer in Delta Princess
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 11/19/2011 5:35:39 PM
Last Updated: 11/22/2011 1:07:53 PM
Now I Know and Perry Compton are all alone at the finish of the Delta Downs Princess.
Unbeaten Now I Know simply ran her nine juvenile filly rivals into the ground as she led all the way to easily capture the $500,000 Delta Downs Princess (gr. III) by four lengths Nov. 19 in Vinton, La (VIDEO).
With jockey Perry Compton aboard, Now I Know won for the fifth consecutive time since her debut in August for trainer Don Von Hemel, who is also the co-owner/breeder of the Oklahoma-bred daughter of Pure Prize along with Wayne O. Stockseth.
In her first try at a mile, Now I Know was clocked in 1:39.79 on a fast track. Runner-up Inny Minnie used a ground-saving trip under Julien Leparoux to nose out the late-charging 32-1 outsider Yvete Sangalo, ridden by Chris Landeros.
Candrea, the 6-5 favorite, stalked the leaders on the outside but faded in the stretch and was eased up late, finishing ninth.
Now I Know, out of the Maria's Mon mare Now U Know, registered all four of her prior wins at Remington Park. The gray/roan filly was coming off a 9 1/4-length tally in the six-furlong Oklahoma Classic Lassie in her stakes debut Oct. 28.
Banking $300,000 for her Delta Princess win, Now I Know has now earned $416,721.
After an even break, second choice Now I Know took the early advantage along the inside and led Delightful Magic and Candrea by at least one length while clicking off fractions of :22.31, :46.71, and 1:12.07. Now I Know began to get away from her rivals leaving the final bend and was in command through the stretch while kept to her task by Compton.
Inny Minnie, chasing the pacesetter from fourth along the inside, emerged in second in the final furlong over Delightful Magic, while the Mexican-bred Yvete Sangalo came on from eighth at the quarter pole on the outside.
Devious Intent finished fourth, followed by Delightful Magic, Culotte, Gospel Gal, Yeardley, Candrea, and Citizen Advocate, who stopped after a half-mile.
Sent off at odds of 7-2, Now I Know carried 119 pounds and paid $9.80, $5, $4.20. Inny Minnie, who broke her maiden at Keeneland going seven furlongs on Polytrack for trainer Steve Margolis Oct. 8, returned $6.60 and $4.60. The exacta was worth $80.80. Yvete Sangalo paid $13.40.
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