BALTIMORE,MD 05-15-09---A winner on Black-Eyed Susan Day last year, Concepts Unlimited Stable & Catherine J. Smith’s All Giving repeated her winning ways with a very popular score in the 17th running of the Skipat Stakes Friday at Pimlico.
Last year, All Giving captured The Very One Stakes on the day before the Preakness. In the Skipat, she carried Jonathan Joyce to a narrow victory over Fancy Diamond and What Time It Is in 1:10.7 for six furlongs over the fast main track. Her winning margin over Fancy Diamond was just a length. What Time It Is finished a head back in third.
All Giving, a 5-year-old daughter of Allen’s Prospect, paid $2.80. She is trained by Flint Stites. Joyce and All Giving also teamed up to win the Alma North Stakes at the State Fair meeting at Timonium last year.
Skipat Stakes Quotes
Flint Stites, winning trainer, All Giving – “She’s been a joy since I first got her. I had a mare, Sister Sue, who was the fastest mare I’ve had going five furlongs on the dirt. But in terms of longevity and durability, and in terms of making money, this mare has been my very best. When we first got her she had problems in the gate. She needed to learn to relax. Jonathan has become familiar with her. He’s done a great job teaching her. This was probably her best performance.”
Jonathan Joyce, winning jockey, All Giving – “She knows exactly what she’s doing. She can be anxious in the gate at times, but she was very calm today and professional. She broke sharp and I knew my mare was going to give me everything she has.”