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
Ghostzapper 2YO Rockets to 'Rising Star' Status
Gamble’s Ghost, a two-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, was away from the gate slowly but rallied......
Gamble’s Ghost, a two-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, was away from the gate slowly but rallied to a debut victory in resounding fashion Friday at Woodbine, becoming the newest ‘TDN Rising Star'.
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Sent to post as the 3-1 second choice off a steady series of local works dating back to June, the dark bay trailed the field well behind the early tempo as First Girl cut out fractions of :22.66 and :45.42. The homebred gained ground skimming the rail on the far turn and drew clear readily en-route to a decisive 8 1/4-length tally over heavily favored Conquest Soprano from the Mark Casse barn (Chart).
Bred by her owner Ivan Dalos, Gamble's Ghost is out of the stakes-winning mare Gambling Girl, by Secret Claim, a full brother to Gone West. The filly is a half-sister to stakes-placed Purrfect Bluff ($368,944), and hails from the extended family of Group 1 winner and champion Irish sprinter Bluebird.
Gamble's Ghost also duly impressed track announcer Robert Geller who started with the superlatives with a furlong yet to run.
"There's a star on the rise!" he exclaimed as the filly cantered to the wire.
-edited from ThoroughbredDailyNews.com