Va-bred Embarr wins Dahlia Stakes

Virginia-bred Embarr, owned, trained and bred by Susan Cooney, lodged her fourth stakes win at Pimlico on Saturday when she won the Dahlia Stakes for the second time.

Virginia-bred Embarr winning the Dahlia Stakes for the second time on April 5.

Virginia-bred Embarr winning the Dahlia Stakes for the second time on April 5.

The daughter of Royal Academy sat down on the rail of the mile-long turf contest, stalking the leaders and biding her time. Swung three wide by rider Forest Boyce coming out of the turn, Embarr rolled into the lead—and held onto it by a head, with C C Gold coming for her at the finish. The race was a much clearer trip than in 2013, when the chestnut mare stumbled at the start, but still recovered to lodge a 3/4-length victory.

Embarr has also won the Brookmeade Stakes at Colonial Downs twice, in 2011 and 2012. She was tied for 2012 Virginia-bred Champion Older Mare.

You can check out the VTA Spotlight profile on Susan Cooney here.