04/25/2004 11:00PM

Pimlico: Move to Strike goes gate to wire

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Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Move To Strike charges to the lead and keeps his opponents at bay to win the $75,000 Star De Naskra Stakes at Pimlico.

Move to Strike ($4.20) will be moving on to face tougher competition after scoring a wire-to-wire victory in the $75,000 Star de Naskra Stakes, a six-furlong race for Maryland-bred 3-year-olds. He led by three lengths with a furlong remaining and was all out to hold off Known Back Home by a half-length.

Trainer Jerry Robb said Move to Strike, who has won both his starts this year, will be pointed to the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes on the Preakness undercard.

The win was the 15th of the meet and 81st of the year in Maryland for Michael Gill, the nation's leading owner.

"My goal is to run a horse in every race on Black-Eyed Susan Day and Preakness Day, excluding the Pimlico Special and Preakness," said Gill, who traveled from his home in New Hampshire to Baltimore to watch Move to Strike run.