Sunday, June 12, 2011

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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 the Belmont. 

“You 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.” 

As for where Ruler On Ice heads next, “Not sure yet,” Breen said.  “The Haskell is certainly a possibility.” 

The 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. 

Tickets for the Haskell can be purchased on-track, by calling 732-571-5563 or at