Soaring Empire Goes From Last to First in Rutgers Stakes

Saturday, November 6, 2010

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Ol Memorial Stable and C. E. Glasscock’s Soaring Empire went from last at the top of the stretch to first at the wire, winning the $70,000 Rutgers Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

            Ridden by Pablo Fragoso, Soaring Empire bided his time off fractions of :21 3/5 for the quarter and :43 3/5 for the half.  The 3-year-old by Empire Maker began to move nearing the quarter-pole and flew home to pay $8, $4.40 and $2.60.  Pacesetter Wildcat Frankie held second to complete the $37.60 and returned $4.20 to place and $2.20 to show.  Post-time favorite Partyallnightlong was another half-length back in third, good for a $2.10 show mutuel.

            “I didn’t think he’d get up,” said winning trainer Cam Gambolati.  “I didn’t think he could make that kind of run.  There was so much speed in here to set up it up for him, but I never thought he’d be that far behind.  He’s been working unbelievably.  Hopefully everything goes good and we move forward with him.”

            Gambolati indicated the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct on Nov. 27 could be Soaring Empire’s next start.

            The Rutgers Stakes win was the first start for Soaring Empire since finishing third in the Grade 3 Pegasus to eventual Travers (G1) winner Afleet Express.  Soaring Empire now sports three wins in seven starts and earnings of $128,476.