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Rail Trip Reunited With Ron Ellis

Rail Trip is back and Ron Ellis has him.


Winner of the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup in 2009 for the Jay Em Ess Stable and Ellis, the gelded son of Jump Star was transferred to trainer Rick Dutrow in late 2010, failing to win in five starts.


Ellis got the good news on Monday.


“He got here yesterday,” the 51-year-old trainer said Tuesday from his Hollywood Park headquarters. “It’s a nice Christmas present. He grabbed a quarter in his last race and required stitches. It was a pretty nasty gash.”


Rail Trip’s last race was Nov. 17 at Aqueduct in the Sunny and Mild Stakes. He stumbled at the start and did not finish the nine furlong race as the 2-5 favorite in a field of five. The Equibase chart reads, “Rail Trip stumbled badly at the start, losing the rider (Ramon Dominguez) as a result.


Rail Trip won his first five starts under Ellis, then was second in both the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap and the Californian Stakes before winning the Gold Cup on July 11, 2009.


“He’ll walk at my barn until Jan. 1 and we’ll go from there, so at this point, I don’t really have any plans for him (race-wise),” Ellis said. “Needless to say, I’m pretty happy.”

 

 

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IMO, This is the best thing that could've possibly happened to Rail Trip's racing career!! There's no doubt, the best he's ever looked was his days when he was in Ron Ellis barn the first time. Rail Trip just never really looked comfortable on those east coast, conventional dirt tracks. He's always been a beast on synthetic surfaces, and now that he's back in California, he'll have that surface to run on again at Hollywood Park and Del-Mar. I don't know if Ellis would ever give him a shot? But I've always suspected that Rail Trip might fare really well on the turf, too. As much as he likes synthetic surfaces. Much like how Acclamation has done really well on both surfaces this season.
Great, because he looked in good form last race despite losing Dominguez at the gate but now getting an upgrade is the way to go.

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