Barn Notes

Juveniles Try the Turf in the Tyro Stakes

Posted Saturday, Aug 4, 2012

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The connections of the eight two-year-olds in the field hope their young charges can take a big step forward in Sunday’s $60,000 Tyro Stakes, the first stakes races for juveniles so far at the meet. The five furlong test on the turf course has long been considered a prep race for the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes, to be run at six furlongs on the main track here on September 1.

            Although I’m Boundtoscore is already a stakes winner on the grass, as well as the only entrant to yet compete in stakes company, he’s not the early favorite. That distinction belongs to Rip Roarin Ritchie.

            Not only has the gelded son of Bring the Heat, who was bred in Florida by Wesley Ward, been working exceptionally well over the Monmouth course, he’s got Ward as his trainer. Ward is well-known for having the magic touch with young horses and once again this year, is one of the leading high percentage (.23) trainers of two-year-olds in North America.

            Rip Roarin Ritchie, who had the misfortune of drawing the rail in the sprint, broke his maiden at second asking while going gate-to-wire last time out on the grass at Churchill Downs. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 74, the best of the bunch in the Tyro, and will pick up the services of leading rider Elvis Trujillo.

            I’m Boundtoscore is the only other who has proven himself on the turf. Trained by Troy Rankin, who owns the colt with Joe M. Davis, he was rank last out in the $50,000 Chenery Stakes at Colonial Downs but then got into the race and won in a driving finish.

            Itsmyluckday breezed over the Monmouth turf last week and trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr., who bought the colt for $100,000 this past March at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale of two-year-olds, said he liked the way the son of Lawyer Ron moved. In a pair of career starts at Monmouth on the main track, Itsmyluckyday has a second and a first and regular rider Angel Serpa will be back in the irons.

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