A “Nice” Pimlico Special Win For Frank Stronach

Shaman Ghost and Dolphus hit the wire a neck apart. Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue photo

On the biggest weekend in the year in Maryland racing, the man who owns both of the state’s Thoroughbred tracks won one of its most historic races, but as he walked with measured step and mostly impassive face to the winner’s circle at Pimlico, Frank Stronach maintained his usually understated demeanor.

“It’s nice,” he said. “Any time you win a graded race it’s nice.”

“Nice” might be a little mild to describe his homebred winner of the Pimlico Special (G3), who headed stablemate Dolphus, a half-brother to 2009 Preakness (G1) winner Rachel Alexandra, for a Jimmy Jerkens-trained exacta.

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