Photo: Kevin Creative (Kevin House)
by Jarrod Horak
Which horse has the best
pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on
Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes alphabetical list continues
with Ravelo’s Boy.
Ravelo’s Boy’s sire Lawyer Ron (by Langfuhr) won 12 of 26
races from 2005-07. He was on the Triple Crown trail in ’06, winning such races
as the G3 Risen Star, G3 Rebel, and G2 Arkansas Derby before finishing 12th
in the Kentucky Derby. In ’07, he captured the G2 Oaklawn Handicap, G1 Whitney,
and G1 Woodward, and earned more than $2.7 million on the racetrack. Unfortunately,
he died from colic surgery complications in 2009 at age six. He sophomore son
Drill is a multiple graded winner.
Lawyer Ron’s sire Langfuhr (by Danzig) went 9-for-23 from 1995-97 and won multiple stakes races
including the G1 Vosburgh, G1 Carter, and G1 Met Mile. He sired multiple stakes
winners including Wando, Mobil, and Euroears.
Lawyer Ron’s dam Donation (by Lord Avie) was winless in
four career starts at Turfway and Ellis Park in 1998.
Ravelo’s Boy’s dam Dance Tune (by French Deputy) won 4 of
15 starts and earned $144,640 in 2004-05. She was owned by Overbrook Farm and
trained by Wayne Lukas.
French Deputy (by Deputy Minister) won 4 of 6
starts including the G2 Jerome for trainer Neil Drysdale. The veteran sire
stands at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan and is responsible for more than 18
Dance Tune’s dam Dance For Free was an unraced Ontario-bred
daughter of Fly So Free, out of Northern Dancer mare Dancing Doris.
Ravelo’s Boy does not own a
stamina-laden pedigree. The late runner has failed to seriously threaten in his
last three stakes starts and seems overmatched in the Belmont Stakes.