Madame Cactus rallies to win Raven Run

Madame Cactus rallies to win Raven Run
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
This year’s edition of the G2 Raven Run Stakes drew an oversubscribed field of 16. With only 14 allowed to run, Fully Living and Madame Cactus were left on the outside looking in. But fate was with both fillies today as both drew into the field when Plenty O’Toole and Lighthouse Bay scratched from the race this morning.
Bourbonette Oaks heroine Silsita was sent to post as the 3-1 favorite in the full field of 14 three-year old fillies. At the break, Turn by Turn won the battle for the lead, sprinting through the opening quarter in 22:17 and the half in 44:67. While she lead the field through quick fractions, post time favorite Silsita and Madame Cactus settled in the 9th and 10th positions respectively.
When the serious running began to get under way in the far turn, Silsita came up empty but Madame Cactus was ready to run a huge race. As the field straightened for home, she had worked her way up into a wide sixth from her initial spot in tenth. Meanwhile Eden Prairie had come away with the lead as Turn by Turn began to back pedal. She looked clear on the lead, but Madame Cactus and My Option were furiously closing down the center of the track. All three fillies were looking for the win, but it was Madame Cactus who got her nose on the wire first. Eden Prairie just held off My Option to save the place in what was a three-way photo to sort out the top 3 finishers.
Madame Cactus completed the 7 furlong event in a quick 1.21:71. For a $2 wager, she returned $25.40/$12.60/$8.60 as an 11-1 shot. Eden Prairie returned $10.00/$7.60 at odds of 10-1, and My Option returned $3.80 at odds of 4-1. Ciao Bella Luna, Irish Lute, Fully Living, Primed for Passion, Elusive Fate, Silsita, Sittin At the Bar, Jewel of a Cat, Turn by Turn, Finding More, and Thetaloveandmine completed the order of finish.
Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Marc C. Ferrell, Southern California based Madame Cactus was making just her second start of the season. Last out she finished just ¾ of a length behind winner Gypsy Robin in the C.E.R.F Stakes. Gypsy Robin then turned that win into a second place finish in the G2 TCA Stakes in her most recent start. The winner’s share of today’s purse pushed Madame Cactus’ career earnings up to $325,000 and improved her lifetime record to 6:3-2-0 with her only off the board finish coming in last year’s G3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes. 

Meet Ashley Tamulonis

Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, which led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation covering racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues and, from time to time, offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry. A move North to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the From Coast to Coast blog for HRN. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband, Chris, and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racings stars, equine and human alike.

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