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Regal Ransom Wins at Saratoga

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Godolphin Stable’s Regal Ransom is likely to return to graded stakes competition after winning Wednesday’s fourth race, an optional claimer at 1 1/8th miles on the main track, by 3 ¼ lengths in gate-to-wire fashion.

 

A winner of the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby and Grade 2 Super Derby in 2009, Regal Ransom went to the shelf after finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and was fourth in his return effort, the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on July 3.

 

“We thought the comeback spot was a good place to run, but the one turn mile and an eighth clearly makes it tough on a horse like him,” said Rick Mettee, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor. “In a race like [today’s], you can steal away a length or two just on the turn.”

 

Mettee was pleased with the way the way Regal Ransom settled on the lead in today’s race and added that the colt could make his next start in the Grade 2 Kelso on the main track at Belmont on October 3.

 

“He had his ears pricked out of the gate, and I thought he relaxed a lot better than he did first time out,” said Mettee. “He’s a fast little horse, so he’s always going to take a little bit of a pull. It was good that he was able to get in a small field without a lot of pace in there because he’s been in some tough spots, so it’s good for him to win a race again.”

 

Godolphin’s Sara Louise, who missed the Grade 2 Honorable Miss on August 8 with a minor injury, is aiming for the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont on September 5 and turned in a 48.00 four-furlong breeze over the Greentree Training Center Polytrack yesterday.

 

“She bruised her foot while training earlier in the meet, causing her to miss the Honorable Miss,” said Mettee. “That was her first breeze back, and we thought the synthetic would be easier for her. We’ll probably give her another breeze or two at Greentree before we send her to Belmont.”

 

 

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