Ticker
  • Australia's Hugh Bowman wins the Longines International Jockey Challenge.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Miss Temple City (8-5) hits the wire just in front in the Grade 1 Matriarch.Posted 3 days ago
  • Annals of Time (5-1) gets clear late in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.Posted 4 days ago
  • Vale Dori (1-2) much the best in the Grade 2 Bayakoa.Posted 4 days ago
  • Royal Posse (3-5) repeats in the Claiming Crown Jewel and becomes a millionaire.Posted 4 days ago
  • King and His Court (8-5) flies home to win the Display Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • R Angel Katelyn (8-5) leads all the way in the Sandpiper.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rapid Rhythm runs them down in the Battle of New Orleans.Posted 4 days ago
  • Highway Star (7-1) is up in time to win the Go for Wand.Posted 4 days ago
  • Chance of Luck (7-2) holds on to take the Inaugural StakesPosted 4 days ago

Rightly So Too Fleet for Balerina Foes

SaratogaLogo
Rightly So led every step and earned her first Grade 1 win Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course with a front-running, four-length victory over Warbling in the 32nd running of the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes.

 

The consistent daughter of Read the Footnotes, never worse than third in 11 lifetime starts, immediately shot to the front when the gates opened for the seven-furlong dash and sashayed unthreatened through opening fractions of 22.46, 44.80 and 1:09.29. Opening up through the final yards under jockey Cornelio Velasquez after a fleeting challenge from Warbling, Rightly So hit the wire in 1:22.58 for her second victory in five starts this year.

 

“My filly broke well and went right to the lead and she finished well, too,” said Velasquez, who was aboard for her first graded stakes win in the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap at Belmont Park on July 5. “I had a lot of horse at the quarter pole, so she really ran a big one. Speed has been holding up well today, and I was fortunate to have a good break and make the lead.”

 

Rightly So, who was bred in New York and carries the colors of Zayat Stables, LLC, earned $150,000 for the victory, her seventh from 11 lifetime starts, and has now amassed $480,050. The fourth choice at 9-2 choice in the field of eight fillies and mares, she returned $11.40 for a $2 win bet.

 

“It was just a fantastic performance today,” said winning trainer Tony Dutrow. “She's a filly who is capable of running fast the entire race. She outdid herself today. She's been an overachiever, and once again she raised her game to the top. We just couldn't be any prouder of her. Congratulations, Rightly So! I think the public was anticipating a speed duel. I thought that was a possibility; I was just hoping it wouldn't happen.”

 

Informed Decision, the favorite, finished sixth after going wide on the turn.

 

“She has not run well on the turn, on the dirt, for some reason, even though she normally finished well,” said Hall of Famer Jonathan Sheppard, trainer of the beaten favorite. “I think she’d have finished better today, had she not had to be taken up. But she wasn’t going to win it.”

 

Jessica is Back was third, a neck in front of Devil by Design, with First Passage, Informed Decision, Pretty Prolific, and Qualia, who was eased after her saddle slipped, completing the order of finish.

  rig

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories