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Now I Know injured, retired

  • Now I Know earned her last stakes win in the Dixie Belle at Oaklawn (Coady Photography)

Grade 3 winner Now I Know, the Oklahoma-bred gray who saw her undefeated status snapped in the $75,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park last Saturday, has been retired after exiting the one-mile race with a fractured left knee.

Trainer Don Von Hemel, who co-owns and co-bred the three-year-old filly with Wayne Stockseth, told Daily Racing Form that Now I Know would be sent to Oklahoma City for possible surgery. She will eventually be bred.

"We didn't want to take the chance of cheapening her up because she's already done more than most horses ever do," Von Hemel told media officials at Oaklawn. "For every ending there is a new beginning, and we are looking forward to that."

A perfect five-for-five as a juvenile, the daughter of Pure Prize culminated her 2011 campaign with a victory in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess by four lengths under Perry Compton, who rode the filly throughout her career. She preceded that score with a win in the Oklahoma Classics Lassie.

Now I Know extended her win streak to six when taking the Dixie Belle at Oaklawn on January 14, but retreated to second in the Martha Washington after breaking slowly and setting the early pace. She retires with career earnings of $461,721.

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