Madame Cactus rallies to win Raven Run

Madame Cactus RR 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
This year’s edition of the G2 Raven Run Stakes drew an oversubscribed field of 16. With only 14 allowed to run, Fully Living and Madame Cactus were left on the outside looking in. But fate was with both fillies today as both drew into the field when Plenty O’Toole and Lighthouse Bay scratched from the race this morning.
Bourbonette Oaks heroine Silsita was sent to post as the 3-1 favorite in the full field of 14 three-year old fillies. At the break, Turn by Turn won the battle for the lead, sprinting through the opening quarter in 22:17 and the half in 44:67. While she lead the field through quick fractions, post time favorite Silsita and Madame Cactus settled in the 9th and 10th positions respectively.
When the serious running began to get under way in the far turn, Silsita came up empty but Madame Cactus was ready to run a huge race. As the field straightened for home, she had worked her way up into a wide sixth from her initial spot in tenth. Meanwhile Eden Prairie had come away with the lead as Turn by Turn began to back pedal. She looked clear on the lead, but Madame Cactus and My Option were furiously closing down the center of the track. All three fillies were looking for the win, but it was Madame Cactus who got her nose on the wire first. Eden Prairie just held off My Option to save the place in what was a three-way photo to sort out the top 3 finishers.
Madame Cactus completed the 7 furlong event in a quick 1.21:71. For a $2 wager, she returned $25.40/$12.60/$8.60 as an 11-1 shot. Eden Prairie returned $10.00/$7.60 at odds of 10-1, and My Option returned $3.80 at odds of 4-1. Ciao Bella Luna, Irish Lute, Fully Living, Primed for Passion, Elusive Fate, Silsita, Sittin At the Bar, Jewel of a Cat, Turn by Turn, Finding More, and Thetaloveandmine completed the order of finish.
Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Marc C. Ferrell, Southern California based Madame Cactus was making just her second start of the season. Last out she finished just ¾ of a length behind winner Gypsy Robin in the C.E.R.F Stakes. Gypsy Robin then turned that win into a second place finish in the G2 TCA Stakes in her most recent start. The winner’s share of today’s purse pushed Madame Cactus’ career earnings up to $325,000 and improved her lifetime record to 6:3-2-0 with her only off the board finish coming in last year’s G3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes. 


What the Nation is saying about Madame Cactus rallies to win Raven Run...

To me, Eden Prairie looked pretty strong on the lead. She was striding away from the others, but Madame Cactus had to have been moving quickly to have been hung that wide and still rally to win.
It was hard to tell if they were closing fast or if Eden Prairie was gassed after the fast fractions.


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


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An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.