Oceanport, N.J. – Following his
stunning upset in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, Ruler On Ice was back at his Monmouth Park base in perfect shape, according to
his trainer Kelly John Breen.
“It’s like he never even ran,” said Breen, a 42-year-old
resident of Farmingdale, N.J.
“It’s amazing how good he’s doing.
He just ran a mile and a half like it was nothing.”
Ruler On Ice, a 3-year-old gelding by 2005 Haskell winner
Roman Ruler, sat just off the speed of Preakness winner Shackleford in the
Belmont Stakes. Turning for home, Ruler
On Ice moved into contention before asserting himself in the final yards to
pull away for the Belmont
victory, good for a $51.50 win mutuel.
“It hard to describe winning the Belmont,” said Breen, sporting a Ruler On Ice
cap. “I did lose my voice, but it was
well worth it.”
Rumson residents George and Lori Hall purchased Ruler On
Ice as a yearling for $100,000 out of the Keeneland September sales. The Halls, who have a barn full of horses
under Breen’s care, enjoyed their first Classic victory when Ruler On Ice took
could see after the race he wanted to do another victory lap,” said George Hall
after his horse’s Belmont
win. “I think he's a much better horse
than the odds showed, and he proved it today.”
for where Ruler On Ice heads next, “Not sure yet,” Breen said. “The Haskell is certainly a possibility.”
Grade 1, $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational is the signature event of the Monmouth Park season. The mile and an eighth contest will be
renewed on Sunday, July 31. Over the
past four years, the Haskell has produced the year-end champion 3-year-old,
including a pair of Horse of the Year winners:
Curlin and Rachel Alexandra.
for the Haskell can be purchased on-track, by calling 732-571-5563 or at www.ticketmaster.com.