Ticker
  • Minding rolls home an easy winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.Posted 4 days ago
  • Melatonin powers home a strong winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.Posted 4 days ago
  • Lord Nelson lunges late to nip Subtle Indian in the Triple Bend.Posted 4 days ago
  • By the Moon proves best in the Grade 3 Bed O' Roses at Belmont Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Mo Tom finds a trouble free trip, and rolls home an easy Ohio Derby winner.Posted 5 days ago
  • Isabella Sings strolls to victory in Monmouth's Eatontown.Posted 5 days ago
  • Sarah Sis makes all the running as the Chicago Handicap favorite.Posted 5 days ago
  • Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 5 days ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 6 days ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 10 days ago

Ruler On Ice Entered at Saratoga

Ruler On Ice, winner of the 2011 Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, will return to the races after a five-month freshening on Wednesday in a $95,000 optional claimer at 1 1/8 miles.

 

The seven-horse field also includes multiple-stakes winner Pleasant Prince as well as the graded stakes-placed Cease and Schoolyard Dreams.

 

“When you’re running for [a purse of] $95,000, you better have your running shoes on,” trainer Kelly Breen said.

 

After winning the Belmont last year, Ruler On Ice, a son of Roman Ruler owned by George and Lori Hall, finished fourth in the Grade 1 Travers, second in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby and third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. In the Grade 1 Clark Handicap in November, however, he was a dull fifth. When he returned to the races in February, he again puzzled with an eighth-place finish in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

 

“These horses aren’t machines, and he needed a break,” Breen said. “When he ran in the Donn, he told us, ‘Guys, I’m tired.’ George and Lori have their farm in Versailles [Ky.], and we kicked him out and we let him have some time to eat some grass and be a horse. He seems to be coming back good right now.

 

“We’re eager to see how he’s going to run for his fall campaign. I don’t think he’s 100 percent fit, but we’re looking to take baby steps to get back into the big races.”

 

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories