Following Sunday's win in the $104,200 Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park, co-owner Michael Levinson is hoping Rowdy Yates will earn an invite to the $800,000 Saudi Derby on the Saudi Cup undercard next month. The 3-year-old son of Morning Line earned his fifth victory from eight starts in the Riley Allison, defeating his nearest rival by 3 1/2 lengths and completing a mile over the fast track in 1:37.29.
After Rowdy Yates impressive score at Sunland Park yesterday, we have several options on the table. We would love to run Rowdy in the @thesaudicup 1 turn mile for 3 years old. Just waiting on an invite :)
— Michael Levinson (@mikelevytu) January 27, 2020
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Rowdy Yates has won a total of four stakes races and is graded stakes-placed, earning a total of $273,418 thus far in his career. The Oklahoma-bred colt out of unraced Yes It's True mare Spring Station was a $42,000 yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall sale.
In a follow-up Tweet, Levinson wrote that in the event Rowdy Yates is not invited to participate in the Saudi Derby, the colt will likely return to Sunland Park to continue through its prep races for the Sunland Derby.
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