Polish Miss takes to grass, captures Hilltop Stakes by 2

After two-month layoff, she leads entire race

April 25, 1999|By Kent Baker

Polish Miss never trailed and made her first stakes effort a winning one with a two-length score in the $50,000 Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico yesterday.

It was the season's initial race over the turf at the track, and Polish Miss covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 44 4/5 seconds with jockey Mario Pino aboard.

Coming off a two-month layoff, Polish Miss took to the grass nicely.

"I liked her the first time I rode her," Pino said. "She acted like a horse who would do well on the turf. Turf is definitely her. On the first jump out of there, I knew she was going to be tough."

The chestnut daughter of Polish Numbers brought the first stakes win to owner Mary Kernan and her husband, Morris, who couldn't decide whether to race her on grass or dirt. They picked her out at the Timonium yearling sale because Mary Kernan liked her appearance and Morris Kernan her breeding (Spectacular Bid mare Kimonina).

Pino is on course for 4,000 lifetime wins, getting three yesterday to reach 3,994 during a 20-year career.

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