RONALD R RALLIES TO TAKE $70,000 LURE STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH AS VAN DYKE & ELLIS TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:33.18
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2019)–With a fast past to exploit, longshot Ronald R unleashed a powerful stretch rally to take Thursday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes by a half length under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Ron Ellis, the 5-year-old Irish-bred gelding got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.18.
“I told Ron that there is plenty of speed in here and it sets up well for us on paper,” said Van Dyke, who won two races with Ronald R this past summer at Del Mar. “I had a rather smooth trip and I had a lot of horse. I had to back him a little when I went to the inside (mid-way on the far turn), but once we peeled outside, he made it easy and he had a nice turn of foot. He did the same thing in his two races at Del Mar (allowance wins on July 20 and Sept. 2).”
Last at the half mile pole, Ronald R began picking up horses into and around the far turn and had moved into third position with a quarter mile to run as Van Dyke angled out for room.
Claimed for $40,000 on May 12, 2018 at Santa Anita, Ronald R was idle until running off the bench at Del Mar. Off at 13-1 in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up, he paid $29.40, $9.40 and $6.20.
“When we claimed this horse, I told Jim (Harrison, of Hotter Than H Racing, LLC) that if we give this horse some time, he’d come back 100 percent. I give Jim the credit, because he went along with what I suggested and he is doing very well. It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race and Drayden was confident he’d run well.”
Unbeaten in three starts with Ellis, Ronald R is now 15-6-1-2 overall. With the winner’s share of $43,620, he now has earnings of $201,925.
Seventh at the half mile mark, Ritzy A.P. rallied four-wide at the top of the lane to be second, three quarters of a length in front of favored River Boyne. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Ritzy A.P. was off at 3-1 and paid $4.40 and $3.00.
Off as the 5-2 favorite with Frankie Dettori up, River Boyne was mid-pack early, had to wait for racing off of heels turning for home and rallied well for the show, returning $3.40.
Fractions on the race were 22.32, 44.49, 1:08.79 and 1:21.32.
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