At last, `Piggy' is a winner

April 12, 2001|By Mike Klingaman | Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF

Finally, "Miss Piggy" got to ham it up. In the slop.

Her nickname fit yesterday as the 5-year-old, known officially as Mary Bo Quoit, won her maiden in the fourth race at Pimlico. Victory meant photographs, peppermints, the winner's circle - the works.

It was the 15th career start for the Carroll County mare, whose life has been chronicled in The Sun. Mary Bo Quoit led all the way in the six-furlong race and won by two lengths over Astro Dancer in a dull 1 minute, 15 1/5 seconds.

"First time I didn't get dirty on her," said jockey Mario Verge.

Mary Bo Quoit has finished in the money in five of her past seven starts.

"She didn't open up daylight today, but she did pretty good," said Joanne Hughes, her trainer and part-owner. Hughes manages Liberty Run Farm, in Winfield, where the thoroughbred was foaled April 17, 1996.

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