VA-OWNED DAYDREAMIN GRACIE WINS PIMLICO STAKES

DVAYDREAMIN GRACIE (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Charlottesville-based PTK LLC’s Daydreamin Gracie swept by the pacesetter and stormed to victory in the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes, the first of two stakes on Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.  Daydreamin Gracie is a Maryland-bred by Domestic Dispute, out of Matti’s Pic by Piccolino.

Garry Cruise was at the reins for trainer Dane Kobiskie for the first time as the daughter of Domestic Dispute beat seven other Maryland-bred fillies and mares in the 1-1/16th mile test for non-winners of a stakes. Daydreamin Gracie finished eight lengths ahead of Touch the Birds.

“They told me just exactly how to ride her,” said Cruise. “She’s a big, good looking, honest filly. She’ll give you everything she’s got. Leave her alone and she’ll do her thing. She knows how to win and I just was the guy who was lucky enough to be on her today.”

The 34-year-old Cruise relocated to the mid-Atlantic last fall after spending the previous seven years riding at Woodbine and Fort Erie in Ontario.

“I have always wanted to ride in this part of the country,” added Cruise. “The quality of jockeys is amazing. I grew up idolizing Maryland riders. Dane and I have been friends for 12 years. We used to gallop horses for Dallas Stewart and this was an opportunity to ride for my friend.”

Daydreamin Gracie, who has now won six of her last eight starts. She was claimed by Kobiskie for PTK last March for $15,000 at Laurel.  She was third for her new owners in the $100,000 All Brandy Stakes last September and her stakes win over the weekend pushes her lifetime earnings to $204,455.