Adena-Bred Private Zone (by Macho Uno) Zips to Another G1 Win
Jockey Martin Pedroza kept looking back in the stretch aboard Good Friends Stable's Private......
Jockey Martin Pedroza kept looking back in the stretch aboard Good Friends Stable's Private Zone in the $700,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga. He might have even been surprised at how easily the 6-year-old son of Macho Uno secured his fourth grade I score.
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Private Zone went out to the lead unchallenged in the seven-furlong Forego and remained there throughout to win by 3 3/4 lengths. The Big Beast, who sat off the pace early, just outfinished closing Viva Majorca, a Marylou Whitney homebred by Tiago.
"It is hard to win in Saratoga," Pedroza said. "This horse impresses me every time he runs. He can carry his speed. Today I didn't want to hit him, but it is $700,000, so I just kind of tapped him once or twice. When I asked him to go, I screamed at him and he just took off."
Daily Racing Form's Mike Watchmaker added in his post-race column: "He's a very cool horse and is without question one of the top sprinters in the nation."
The front-runner set fractions of :22.67, :45.10, and 1:08.53 through six furlongs before hitting the wire in 1:21.09 on a fast track for trainer Jorge Navarro. He has a 10-8-3 record from 30 starts and just more than $2.6 million in earnings and also earned a guaranteed spot in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with the Forego win.
"He's a special horse. He's all horse," Navarro said. "I just talked to the owners and our plan is to train him up to the Breeders' Cup. I didn't have him last year, but I think he's getting better and better. The more I have him, the more he shows me."
Bred in Ontario by Adena Springs, Private Zone is out of the Siphon mare Auburn Beauty. He was sold by Adena Springs at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale and Adena Springs will again offer a select draft of yearlings at this year's sale.
Dominant New 2YO Stakes Winner for Giant Gizmo
Ruth Less Blue went gate to wire to take $150,000 Vandal Stakes on August 15th at......
Ruth Less Blue went gate to wire to take $150,000 Vandal Stakes on August 15th at Woodbine.
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Trained by Scott Fairlie for Rijack Farm and Ace Racing Stable Inc., the dark bay son of Giant Gizmo
, sent to post as the 4-5 mutuel favourite in the six furlong ‘Poly’ stake for Ontario-bred juveniles, was guided to a second consecutive victory by Michelle Rainford.
Ruth Less Blue’s front-running score was characteristic of his maiden victory on August 2 when sprinting six furlongs on the Woodbine main. Leaving from the outside post in a compact field of five, Ruth Less Blue broke out of the gate swiftly and took a commanding lead through splits of :22:85 and :46.23 with Get’erdonebud tracking his early foot. Ruth Less Blue moved comfortably around the turn, holding onto a narrow lead, as Get’erdonebud and Conquest Daddyo advanced into contention.
With an eighth of a mile to run, Ruth Less Blue veered towards the rail, and ducked in sharply again at the sixteenth pole, but quickly straightened out, resiliently staying on for a half-length win. Conquest Daddyo, piloted by Patrick Husbands, rallied three-wide down the stretch, to earn place by 1 ¼-lengths over Get’erdonebud. Final running time for the six furlong event was 1:10:71.
“I’ve always loved this horse”, said Fairlie, “I knew he was a runner from the start, it’s the first time I’ve ever (debuted) a two-year-old in a stakes race”.
Ruth Less Blue, bred in Ontario by Rijack Farm Stable and Fairlie, banked $90,000 in victory while improving his record to two 2-1-0 from three starts.
His full brother is entered in the September 9 CTHS September Yearling sale, one of 13 Giant Gizmo's and over 60 Adena Springs North-sired yearlings in the auction.
-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com