03/29/2012 1:42PM

Pimlico: Shine Again rematches All About Her, Over the Moon


All About Her and Over the Moon, a pair of 4-year-old fillies separated by a length when they met in a first-level allowance four weeks ago, will go head to head again in quest of their first stakes victory in Saturday’s $50,000 Shine Again at Pimlico.

The 1 1/16-mile race, restricted to Maryland-breds who have never won a stakes, launches a 22-stakes package during Pimlico’s 29-day marquee meet that culiminates with the $1  million Preakeness on closing day, May 19.

All About Her, part of an entry for trainer Dane Kobiskie and his main client, PTK, rallied from last in a five-horse field to defeat Over the Moon in a first-level allowance going a one-turn mile at Laurel Park on March 1. Over the Moon came back 15 days later to score by 2 1/2 lengths while making her first start around two turns.

Based on trainer patterns, both fillies can be expected to run well again. Kobiskie is 7 for 17 (41 percent) with fillies and mares in routes back within 30 days after winning. In the same category, Over the Moon’s trainer, Rodney Jenkins, is 6 for 13 (46 percent).

“All About Her is the type of horse who seems to have more in the tank if she needs it,” Kobiskie said. “If she has to put out more, she does. She finishes first or second a lot, because she does hang sometimes.”

All About Her, who began her career running for a $16,000 tag and opened her 2012 campaign entered for the bottom level of $5,000 in Maryland, will be facing statebreds for the first time. The same is true of Over the Moon, who needed four starts before winning her maiden in an ultra-short sprint at Charles Town.

Kobiskie has also entered Daydreamin Gracie, a filly he claimed from Vincent Moscarelli two weeks ago out of a fourth-place finish in a $15,000 conditioned claimer.

“The filly is almost training too good to not run”, “said Kobiskie, who led the standings at the recently completed Laurel Park winter meet.

Touch the Birds and Brave as a Lion both come off good performances against open company in second-level optional claimers.

Brave as a Lion has been off since getting up by a nose at 28-1 going a mile on Jan. 7. Her trainer, Mary Eppler, has also entered Heaven’s Voice, a 6-year-old mare who has been almost exclusively a sprinter during her 33-race career. Two years ago, Heaven’s Voice opened up a six-length lead as the even-money favorite in the Shine Again, only to fade in the stretch to finish a distant third.

Touch the Birds, third behind Brave as a Lion in January, managed to finish second despite a wide trip last time out on Feb. 25. She prepped for this spot by working a five-furlong bullet at the Bowie Training Center last week.