09/15/2012 2:06PM

Penn National: Plus One reaches wire in Alison McClay in front by a nose


Plus One, one of five 3-year-old fillies separated by two noses and two necks at the wire, barely hung on to win Friday night’s $50,000 Alison McClay Stakes at Penn National.

Making her turf debut in the five-furlong sprint, Plus One ($11.40) set a pressured pace and was all out under William Otero to hold off 8-5 favorite Thisdanseistaken by a nose. The winning time over firm turf was 56.24 seconds.

Thisdanseistaken finished a neck in front of Ruttzy Tuttzy, who was a neck ahead of Because of Me. The 20-1 Because of Me nosed out 9-5 second choice Somasach for fourth by a nose.

Plus One, a daughter of Bluegrass Cat trained by Tim Hamm for WinStar Farm and Blazing Meadows, is now 4 for 9 lifetime. All three of her previous victories came over the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs.