08/06/2012 3:23PM

Del Mar: Know More cautiously pointed to Del Mar Futurity

Benoit & Associates
Know More (center) wins the Grade 2 Best Pal in his career debut.

Know More, the winner of the Best Pal Stakes in his racing debut on Sunday at Del Mar, will be pointed to the Grade 1, $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day here on Sept. 5, trainer Doug O’Neill said after the race, but he and owner Paul Reddam said they are not going to force anything with a 2-year-old colt who is talented but lacks experience.

"We’ll think that direction. But we don’t need to be in a hurry," Reddam said. "None of this counts toward next year anyway."

Reddam was referring to the change in rules for the Kentucky Derby, which go into effect for next year’s race. Whereas graded stakes earnings used to be the criteria for the 20-horse field, the new rules use a point-based system, and are weighted far more toward races run next spring. So while a race like the Del Mar Futurity is still a prestigious Grade 1, it’s not as if the money earned in that race, or the Best Pal, will count toward getting into the Derby.

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Reddam and O’Neill won this year’s Derby, as well as the Preakness, with I’ll Have Another, who is currently taking up residence in Japan, where he will begin stud duty next spring. Reddam, standing next to his wife, Zillah, in the winner’s circle joked that the names of I’ll Have Another and Know More are related.

"I’ll Have Another? That’s what I said," Reddam said. "She said, ‘Know More.’ "

Know More was entered in the Best Pal because Reddam also had the unstarted maiden Kripke, also trained by O’Neill, set for a start last weekend, too.

"We didn’t want to run them against each other," Reddam said. "We knew this one could beat the other one, so we decided to run that one in the maiden race, and this one here."

Kripke finished fourth in his race on Saturday.

"It’s kind of crazy to run an unraced horse in a Grade 2," Reddam said, "but we didn’t think the 2-year-olds were out of this world so far, and we got lucky with an outside draw."

Said O’Neill: "We’re blessed to have three or four good maidens right now, and we’re trying to keep them separated. We thought he was the best one."

Reddam bought Know More, a son of Lion Heart, as a yearling for $80,000. He was entered in the Barretts sale in May, but was bought back by Reddam for $210,000.

"We liked him," said Reddam, who uses O’Neill’s brother, Dennis, as an advisor. "We didn’t want to let him go too cheap. We decided we were not going to let him go unless we got a crazy number."

O’Neill is the meet’s leading trainer after three weeks, with 12 victories from 49 starts. Peter Miller is next with 9.

O’Neill is scheduled to begin a 45-day suspension on Aug. 19, the result of a ruling against him from the California Horse Racing Board for having a horse test for an excessive amount of total carbon dioxide at Del Mar two years ago.

Garrett Gomez, who rode Know More, is second in the jockeys’ race with 21 wins, 2 back of Rafael Bejarano.

* Chantal Sutherland is away all week in order to compete in Great Britain in an international jockey competition at Ascot on Saturday.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Cal Board Decision re: Elivette is disgusting.
Luis E Astacio More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful two year old.To win a grade two race as his first race is out of this world.Congratulations to all the connections
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
After this race put Know More on the shelf, until next years Robert B. Lewis ;)
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
loved him. Cashed huge here.
B More than 1 year ago
Looked good, but after one race? Not a lot to talk about.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
out of lion heart says his potential is limited especially going a distance..this was a bad field he beat in the first place...
Ultimatehorselover More than 1 year ago
Honestly, are you really going to go over that again? Who gives a rats arse at what the sire could or couldn't do? Look at Dixie Union. Everyone said that he could never sire anything that went over 1 1/4. Union Rags blew that out of the water. And it's not just the sire line that matters. Look at his (Know More) damside. And this "bad field" was mediocre, but it was technically no different than a normal maiden race.
miss_lys36 More than 1 year ago
Truthfully, I think the damside is sometimes stronger and more prevalent than the sire's side is. If that is the case with Know More, then he should definitely be able to have the distance issue down.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Todd, please, if you are going to talk the talk, please use the right terminology. If you use the phrase "out of" it refers to the mares side. If you refer to the sire, it is "by". In summary, Know More is by Lion Heart not out of Lion Heart, ok??? Just sayin... It makes you look a litte more credible when u know how to say things...
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
the horse is by lion heart,, period,,,,,you try and sound intelligent by being picky with words but only show your own limited intelligence .....
John More than 1 year ago
Nice looking win, but go take a look at another maiden winner, Brother Francis in a previous race, wow ! !:15.2 geared down the length of the stretch ! This was a maiden who ran 4th in the SA Derby last year.......................................watch out for this horse somewhere Breeders Cup Day !
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Don't know how anyone could give you a negative response, if one was to nitpick he actually ran 5th in SA Derby. This win was awesome, finally offering tangible evidence to what the connections had been saying all along. I hope he is realistically placed in his next start, if he does this again the sky's the limit
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Ummmmm, where?
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Another spectecular closing run made by the best, Rafie Bejarano aboard "Hottie" in race preceding the Best Pal. At least Preakness Stakes would have been his aboard a hrose he fit and knew. Who knows how great the entire series might have played out.
Ultimatehorselover More than 1 year ago
I think it's a good challenge for Know More. This colt has an incredible amount of potential, and I know it's early, but I think he could possibly be a KD 2013 contender.