one of two entrants for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, will attempt to
double her stakes tally when she competes in the $100,000 Ruthless on
Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Photo: New York Daily News
The six-furlong Ruthless is restricted to 3-year-old fillies.
finishing second in her debut, Mamdooha won two straight, including the
Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel Park in her most recent outing.
her first start, Mamdooha raced in sixth early and in the stretch
chased home Puddifoot, who took the Monmouth Park maiden event by 4 ¾
lengths in September. Puddifoot returned to win the Juvenile Filly
Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park, with the third-place finisher from
that maiden race, Coral Way, coming back to score at Gulfstream in her
made her second start at Aqueduct in November, recovering from a hard
bump at the start by coming from off the pace to post a four-length
maiden victory. She then took on stakes competition, making a three-wide
run to take the Gin Talking by 4 ½ lengths when traveling seven
furlongs in the mud on December 7 at Laurel.
first time out she was green," said Art Magnuson, assistant to
McLaughlin. "Second time out she got bumped hard and it just sort of
worked out that way. In Maryland, it was a cleaner trip and she sat a
little closer. I think she's pretty versatile. If they go slower, she'll
be closer. If they go fast, she'll be way back."
and owner Shadwell Stable considered running Mamdooha in the one mile,
70-yard Busanda last Saturday before deciding to keep the daughter of
Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap winner Daaher in sprints for now.
looked at the Busanda; we always felt like she could stretch out, but
there's a time for that in the future," said Magnuson. "For now, we're
going to stay one turn, going shorter, and it just seems like a better
spot for her right now."
Castro, aboard Mamdooha in the Gin Talking, has the riding assignment
again in the Ruthless. Mamdooha, the 9-5 morning-line favorite, will
depart from post 5.
also will be represented by Mill House's Summertime Friend. A 4
½-length debut winner in October at Belmont, Summertime Friend enters
Sunday's race off a third in a seven-furlong, entry-level optional
claimer on December 5 at Aqueduct.
that race, Summertime Friend stumbled at the start, set a contested
pace from the inside, and led to the sixteenth pole before yielding to
Alpaca Fina, another Ruthless entrant, and Winekeeper. Summertime Friend
finished 2 ½ lengths behind the winner.
Summertime Friend will run on Lasix for the first time in the Ruthless.
might have come up just a tad short with the schedule for her," said
Magnuson. "We missed a work going into that race. We're backing her up
to six furlongs, and she's training extremely well for this one. With
the way she ran, it sure looked like they weren't going to catch her
going 6 ½ furlongs that day."
Summertime Friend, the 2-1 second choice, will leave from post 4 with Jose Ortiz aboard.
December 5 race was the second straight victory for Alpaca Fina, who
also took an Aqueduct starter allowance/optional claimer by 6 ¼ lengths
in November. She'll be making an eight-day turnaround and cutting back
in distance in the Ruthless, having finished fifth in the Busanda last
Velasquez will ride Alpaca Fina, 3-1, from post 2. David Jacobson
trains Alpaca Fina, claimed for $50,000 in September, for Drawing Away
Amore, like Mamdooha, brings a two-race winning streak into the
Ruthless. After finishing fourth in her debut at Saratoga Race Course in
August, she won two straight at Parx Racing, airing by 7 ¼ lengths in a
September maiden race and out-battling Disco Chick to take a November 1
entry-level allowance by a nose.
Irad Ortiz, Jr. has the call aboard Vero Amore, who was installed at 7-2 on the morning line and drew post 1.
Keep in Mind, who won a $20,000 maiden claiming race on January 4 at Aqueduct, completes the field.