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Breeders Cup 2015

Rydilluc to Test the Waters in Palm Beach

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Team Stallion Racing Stable and partners’ 3-year-old Rydilluc developed more than a few fans with a stunning 5 ¾ lengths victory in a one-mile ‘a other than’ turf allowance on Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park with jockey Edgar Prado aboard for trainer Gary Contessa. That performance that will send him into the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) on Sunday, March 3 with high hopes from his connections.

“The Palm Beach has been the long-range plan for him for about two months,” said Contessa from Belmont Park where he has his main division with a smaller winter string at Palm Meadows. “He has trained fantastic down there and Edgar (Prado) is very high on him. In fact he’s gotten in his car and driven up to Palm Meadows to work him every time.

“He trained so good on dirt before his first start I thought he’d gallop, but he never even got involved. Then we said ‘maybe he’s a turf horse’ and he was very impressive winning his second start. However, we still haven’t ruled out anything and he still could be on the ‘Derby Trail.’ If things go well in the Palm Beach we’ll consider the Blue Grass or the Spiral.”

A son of Medaglia d’Oro purchased for $150,000 at the Eastern May sale of 2-year-olds at Timonium, Rydilluc finished fifth of six going a mile on the main track at Belmont on Oct. 13, a race won by Todd Pletcher-trained Delhomme, but bounced back to break his maiden by 4 ½ lengths going a mile on turf at Aqueduct on Nov. 23 with Prado aboard for the first time.

Contessa, who recently passed the 2,000 career victory milestone, was due to fly into South Florida Friday and stay on through the Palm Beach.  



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