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OHIO CHAMPION RIVERS RUN DEEP JOINS THE MILLIONAIRES CLUB
IN HIS 37TH START
At the racetrack, they say “There is no such thing, as a sure thing.” That is a declaration that does not apply to Ohio’s three-time Sprint Champion Rivers Run Deep when he loads into the gate for JACK Thistledown’s Honey Jay Stakes. He recently recorded his fourth consecutive victory in the $75,000 event, though it wasn’t without momentary cause for concern.
When the gates opened Alliseeisgold , who has an affinity for the Thistledown surface with six of his seven lifetime wins there, shot from the 5 hole and was followed by Bootsonthebeach and Bootlegger all of those outside runners left nothing but a trap for Rivers Run Deep to run up into. Rivers Run Deep had the inside post after a scratch.
Jockey Eduardo Perez was forced to snatch up his powerful 1 to 5 shot and as the horses fanned out on the turn he shifted out three wide when clear, made the lead mid-stretch and drew off to win by a safe 2 ¼ lengths. He covered the six panels in 1:10.82. Rivers Run Deep pushed his career earnings to $1,008,805 with his 14th career stakes victory. He has won the Best of Ohio Sprint Stakes three straight times and is expected at Belterra Park on October 7 to make it four.
“The only time he was beat [at Thistledown] he was run into the rail, so I’m always concerned when he’s tight down inside,” trainer Chris Hartman said. “But once he gets to doing his thing, he just gets it done. He’s a virtual ATM machine. He knows his job and he does it well.” Alliseeisgold held second by a head over a rallying Hijo de Sheltowee. The third-place finisher was 6 3/4 lengths clear of a fading Bootsonthebeach. The 6-year-old son of Ready’s Image is owned by O.T.B.O. members James and Ywachetta Driver.
TRUE CINDER MAKES IT SEVEN IN A ROW WITH WIN
IN $75,000 HORIZON STAKES
It looks like owner/trainer Mike Rone has True Cinder developing quite nicely as she grows into her 3-year old frame. Well enough to girl-handle her male counterparts in the grassy 1 1/16 mile Horizon Stakes at Belterra Park on August 13. If you adhere to the long-standing adage that 1/5th of a second equals 1 length, her final time of 1:41.32 was a 20-length improvement off of her recent win against fillies in the Cincinnatian Stakes at the same distance over the same course!
The outcome was never in doubt from the time the gates opened. With Ricardo Feliciano aboard, the daughter of Alcindor rated nicely on the lead and improved her lead at every point of call, drawing away under a hand ride to win impressively by 5 ¾ lengths. It was a Lady’s Day Trifecta as Grizabella (by Lunarpal) rallied from last for the second spot and Sugar Lane (by Bold Truth) held on for the third spot in this Ohio Accredited race.
True Cinder is undefeated in 2017 and has not lost since she broke her maiden by 12 lengths in November of last year. She had only sprinted prior to the Cincinnatian and has now proven that she can beat open company, male rivals, likes dirt and turf and has no problem stretching out to two turns. It will be interesting to see where Mike Rone intends to place her between now and the Best of Ohio and which race he enters her in that afternoon. $251,800 in 10 lifetime starts – that was one smart private purchase from the estate of Larry Beyer.
MAYAS QUEEN NEETEE $75,000 VIVACIOUS WIN KEEPS HER UNDEFEATED IN OHIO
Ron Paolucci seems to have an uncanny knack for private purchases that turn coal into diamonds. Mayas Queen Neetee was unsuccessfully racing on the New York and Florida circuits when it appears she came into his possession after a last-place finish at Gulfstream Park. Since being transferred to the barn of Jeff Radosevich and moved to Ohio she is a perfect 4 for 4.After breaking her maiden and running through her conditions in impressive style while stretching out in every start at Thistledown, she boasted Daily Racing Form running lines that stated – “Closed with a rush; late burst 4 path, clear and much the best, ridden out.” The $75,000 Vivacious would see her return to turf, a surface on which she was unsuccessful in her first three career starts. Mayas Queen Neetee was installed a slight favorite over School Board Prez, who won the race last year.
Oddly, after the break of the 1 1/16 test, it was Floral Sky, another Loooch fluorescent green colorbearer, who set the pace with Mayas Queen Neetee nearby clocking 6 furlongs in 1:11.43. After their head to head match into the stretch, Luis Colon smooched to “Maya” and she drew clear by 3 lengths. School Board Prez rallied through traffic in the stretch for the second spot by a head over Moms Genes, who set the track-record last year.
The 5-year-old daughter of Speightstown out of The Niagara Queen by Langfuhr was bred by Anstu Farm LLC and her four-race skein in Ohio pushed her nine race earnings to $110,192. Surely the $150,000 Best of Ohio Distaff will be on her radar October 7.
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