For the second race in a row, Sandra Sexton and Brandi Nicholson's Red Ruby put in an impressive performance. This Saturday, the 3-year-old daughter of Tiznow blew away the G3 Delaware Oaks field by open lengths, clocking 1 1/16 miles over the fast track in 1:42 2/5. Ridden by Paco Lopez for Kellyn Gorder, Red Ruby was sent off as the 1-2 favorite.
Red Ruby won by 13-lengths and returned $3.20 as the favorite in the field of eight. Coach Rocks with Rajiv Maragh, finished second. It was 8-lengths farther back to Mo Shopping, with Mario Pino, in third.
The Kentucky-bred conditioned by Kellyn Gorder raised her career record to four wins from six starts with earnings of $438,000. In her previous outing, she posted a 4 ¾-length victory in the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 18th.
Gorder had no concerns with her handling the track and he will most likely run her next in the mile and a quarter Grade I Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on August 18th.
“I think we came into this race pretty confident,” said trainer Kellyn Gorder. “We came in four days before the race. We jogged her the first day and galloped her the next couple of days. She was great on the racetrack, so I was not concerned about her not handling the track. She was a little antsy before the race. She is not a nervous type, but she is the kind that just wants to get it on. She is not the kind that likes to wait around in the post parade and other the stuff. Once she got in the gate, she was fine. She broke well and I figured she would be forwardly placed today. The Alabama has been our target and the farther she goes the better.”
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