Ginger N Rye looks to keep streak alive in Sensible Lady Turf Dash

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September 14, 2017 11:31am
Ginger N Rye wins 2017 Smart N Fancy
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Having found a home sprinting on the turf and earning her elusive first stakes victory last time out, Sagamore Farm homebred Ginger N Rye goes after her third consecutive win overall in the $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash.
 
Ginger N Rye, a 5-year-old More Than Ready mare in her last season of racing, put together back-to-back winning efforts going 5 ½ furlongs this summer at Saratoga, taking an optional claiming allowance at odds of 11-1 July 23 and rallying for a 1 ¾-length score in the Smart N Fancy Aug. 27.
 
Though Ginger N Rye had been competitive mostly at longer distances earlier in her career, including runner-up efforts in the 2016 Dahlia and All Brandy in Maryland, trainer Horacio DePaz thought the time was right to try something new. She is the 8-5 program favorite in the Dash from Post 5 in an overflow field of 16.
 
“She’s been doing really well. She’s really taken a liking to this sprinting,” DePaz said. “She came out of her race recently at Saratoga in good form and she’s been training at the farm and she’s happy, so she looks like she’s going to come out of it well. She’s a pretty honest filly when she runs.
 
“Last year we tried her going a mile, mile and a sixteenth, and she didn’t run bad. She hit the board a few times and was off the board a few times in tougher stakes races,’ he added. “This year we just kind of got behind in getting her ready. She broke her maiden sprinting so we figured we’d put her back in the same type of race on the turf to see how she’d run and she ran so good that we just kept her at the same distance. It was more of finding a starting point and seeing how she took to that.”
 
Ginger N Rye will meet a familiar foe in Jack Swain III homebred Miss Ella, a multiple graded stakes winner that finished second in the Smart N Fancy. The 5-year-old Exchange Rate mare is also wrapping up a career that has seen her win six of 17 starts and more than $614,000 in purse earnings. Five of her wins have come in stakes, including the 2016 Franklin County (G3) and 2015 Beaumont (G2).
 
“I hadn’t originally thought of running this filly but it kind of ties in very well with her going forward. She’s just has done really well since Saratoga so it just makes sense to me,” trainer Graham Motion said. “It’s our local track and I think the six furlongs is a good distance for her. You don’t get to do six furlongs very often so I think it’s clever of Laurel to do that. Normally we have to do five or 5 ½. That’s very appealing to me.
 
“I also think she handles grass when there’s perhaps a little give in it,” he added. “Perhaps it’s not quite as firm as it was over the summer. She’s a really consistent filly. This will be her last year of racing so anything she can do from here on out is kind of gravy for her. She’s a really hard-knocking, consistent filly. I’m very fond of her.”
 
Lael Stables’ stakes winner Exaggerated will be making just her second start of the year and first since April 15, having run seventh in defense of her 2016 triumph in the 5 ½ furlong Giant’s Causeway at Keeneland. She shows a string of sharp works at the Fair Hill Training Center for her return.
 
“She’s doing well. She’s won at Laurel Park so I’m excited to run her,” trainer Arnaud Delacour said. “She loves the turf there. She had a little setback after the race in Keeneland. She didn’t come back very well from that so we gave her some time in the spring but she seems to have come back in good spirits and she’s ready to run. When she’s well she’s a very efficient performer. I think she’ll run good.”
           
Also entered are Dare to Be, Cali Thirty Seven, Euroboss, Everything Lovely, Fire Key, Paquita Coqueta, Sycee and Catching Fireflies. Rocky Policy, Carolina Shag, Always Thinking and Sweet On Smokey are also-eligibles.

Source: Maryland Jockey Club

 

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