He’s running! RUN IN ARUBA zooms to a Kingarvie Stakes win.
RUN IN ARUBA, first horse for owner, now stakes winner
, “He was a present from my husband, he told me while I was in Aruba. We’re very proud of Aruba today. I’m speechless.” Asked if she panicked when the horse was last entering the lane, she added, “I’ve been panicking all day!” – Donna Blake, first horse, first stakes winner
RUN IN ARUBA blew past the field, wide, to win the Kingarvie Stakes yesterday at Woodbine. It was one of those “uncoupled entry” stories as trainer Ralph Biamonte had 2 to 5 shot JENNA’S WABBIT in the race plus this guy, who was 6 to 1.
Jenna’s Wabbit, a double stakes winner, tried to get the 1 1/16 mile distance on the lead but he simply could not do it despite being the big and strong 2yo that he is.
It was a cool story about the winner, though , and yet another stakes winner for sire sensation Philanthropist.
The 2yo is out of Boone’s Breeze, by Boone’s Mill, is the 3rd foal of the minor stakes winning mare and he is from a family of Alberta stars.
Sherry McLean, of Gardiner Farms fame, was the winning breeder.
The Beyer Figures was 69 for the $5,000 yearling purchase.
from Woodbine report:
It was the second-consecutive win for the Ralph Biamonte trainee who came into the event off a narrow score in a mile and seventy yards allowance tilt.
Multiple-stakes winner Jenna’s Wabbit, also conditioned by Biamonte, led the compact seven-horse field through a quarter in :25.19 and a half in :49.34 as Stage Best and Thatboathassailed watched from close
proximity. Run In Aruba, sitting last down the back straightaway, angled five-wide through the turn and swept by his stablemate to score a three and a half length win. Ultimate Destiny closed for second, a
head in front of True Executive. The final running time of the 1 1/16-mile event for two-year-olds was 1:45.23.
Biamonte, who also saddled post-time favourite Jenna’s Wabbit, was happy not to have put all his eggs in one basket. “Aruba’s been going so good, I’ve been trying to tell everybody,” said Biamonte. “Jenna has been training good, but I didn’t know if he could go that far, but I knew that Aruba could.”
Run In Aruba’s first stakes score marked the ninth added-money victory for Biamonte this season, of which eight have come with two-year-olds.
Run In Aruba was steered to victory by leading rider Luis Contreras, his third winner on the card, who won his 200th race of the meet on Friday and is making a late run to break the record for most wins in one
Woodbine meet, 221, held by Mickey Walls, who achieved the feat in 1991.
Donna Blake poses with her boy below:
STRAIT THIS TIME
STRAIT OF DOVER won his maiden officially yesterday at Woodbine and earned an 84 Beyer Figure in the process. The 2yo, a homebred for British Columbia’s Canyon Farms, is an English Channel fellow who had won his Woodbine debut but was disqualified.
He zipped up the rail to take a fast maiden score yesterday for trainer Dan Vella.
Looks like a very nice prospect for next season!
The exciting COURT VISION paraded at Woodbine yesterday and he is heading to Park Stud for stud duty. Terence Dulay photo
ALL FOR ONE..!
Attfield wins again
Trainer ROGER ATTFIELD is ending 2011 with a flurry and with all these huge wins by all kinds of horses, certainly has put himself in the running for the SOVEREIGN AWARD for champion trainer.
Grade 1’s this fall with Miss Keller and Perfect Shirl and recent American graded wins by Oregon Lady and yesterday, Musketier, would make it hard not to vote for the trainer, who will celebrate his 72nd birthday.. Tomorrow!!
Report from Blood-Horse:
Nine-year-old veteran Musketier sat a perfect trip under Luis Saez and held off a late run from a pair of rivals to notch the sixth group/graded stakes score of his career in the $150,000 W. L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) Nov. 26 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
The German-bred son of Acatenango won by a half-length over stablemate Simmard, as trainer Roger Attfield ran one-two in the 1 1/2-mile turf event.
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