Press Release / Maryland Jockey Club
BALTIMORE – Triton Stable’s Ickymasho, in the best form of her career at age 7, led every step of the way to pick up her second consecutive graded-stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Ole Smoky Moonshine Searching Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
Originally run from 1993-2001, the 1 ½-mile Searching for fillies and mares was among nine stakes, five graded, worth $2.8 million in purses on a 14-race program highlighted by the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Ickymasho ($3), trained by Roger Attfield, gave jockey Jose Ortiz his second win of the day, both in stakes, following a score in the James W. Murphy aboard English Bee. Ickymasho’s winning time was 2:29.58 over a firm course.
Favored at 1-2 over her five rivals, Ickymasho cruised on an uncontested lead under Ortiz, going a quarter-mile in 25.15 seconds, a half in 51.62 and six furlongs in 1:17.18 with 40-1 long shot So Innocent her closest pursuer. Ickymasho remained in control nearing the lane and closed stoutly for a 3 ¼-length triumph over Vevina, who closed from last to be second, with Homeland Security third.
Ickymasho won the 1 ½-mile Bewitch (G3) April 26 at Keeneland after being beaten a head in back-to-back stakes at Gulfstream Park over the winter – the 1 3/16-mile The Very One (G3) and 1 3/8-mile Orchid (G3).
Searching, a 1978 Hall of Fame inductee, was a bay daughter of 1937 Triple Crown champion War Admiral bred by Odgen Phipps that won the Gallorette Stakes at Pimlico in 1955 and 1957 for trainer Hirsch Jacobs, retiring with a record of 25-14-16 with $327,381 in purse earnings from 89 starts.
As a broodmare, Searching also enjoyed great success with offspring such as Affectionately, an 18-time stakes winner and dam of 1970 Preakness winner Personality, and Admiring, the grand-dam of 1993 Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero.