The rain-soaked Belmont Crowd wasn’t fooled. Listed at 3-1 in the morning line, Ready for Rye was the 6/5 favorite when the gates opened. It made perfect sense. Including today’s victory, Ready for Rye has now finished first in four of his five lifetime starts on an off-track and earned $227,000. The only time he didn’t win, he finished second! This one was close for the first half-mile. Leaving the turn, Ready for Rye burst forward and opened a three-length lead before coasting home by more than two lengths. Jockey, Javier Castellano, never touched him with the whip. The win moved Ready for Rye ever closer to $1M in career earnings. He has now earned $817,090 in 27 starts.
Ready For Rye
No Regrets delivered another sterling effort on the grass, finishing a clear second to the odds-on favorite in the ninth race at Belmont Park on Thursday, May 3. It was only his second time sprinting on the turf, but the formula was the same as in previous races. Breaking well from post 7, he immediately pressed the pace, claimed a small lead after a half-mile in 44.96 seconds, then raced gamely to the wire, losing by just a length. With two strong performances under his belt, we intend to keep him sprinting on the turf moving forward!
Racing wide and facing pressure the entire race, No Regrets responded in his customary manner: he refused to back down. Leading leaving the turn, No Regrets suddenly found himself in the middle of a three-horse battle down the stretch and seemed on the verge of being consumed by those rivals. He wasn’t. Instead, he continued to fight gamely, only succumbing in the last few strides to finish third. All in all, it was an encouraging turf debut for the 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid. Indeed, he may have found a new home sprinting on the grass!
is Chalk Racing’s Managing Partner. His passion for Thoroughbred racing began at Saratoga Race Course in the late 1980’s and he’s been actively involved in the sport ever since. In 2002, he formed Chalk Racing and started investing with a conservative but steady approach to build a profitable racing operation that exploits the many inefficiencies that permeate the game.
is Chalk Racing's General Manager. He oversees Chalk's day-to-day racing operation, which is currently comprised of roughly a dozen Thoroughbreds, with a focus on racing in his home state of New York. He also runs point for Chalk Racing at all major Thoroughbred sales, and his recommendations have formed the backbone of Chalk's success to date.read more
A third-generation horseman, Darren grew up in Saratoga Springs and was brought into the sport by his father and grandfather. Since the 1940’s his family has trained, driven, and owned Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds – racing horses all along the East coast and in Panama.
In addition to inheriting his family’s horse racing passion, Darren had the privilege of working with two Hall of Fame trainers – Percy Davis and Kim Crawford. Through these associations, Darren learned advanced training techniques and horse management practices.
consults as Chalk’s Finance Director and he is responsible for keeping the books and records of the Company, including the production of quarterly financial statements. Drew grew up in Lexington, Kentucky on his family's Thoroughbred broodmare farm and he has been involved with the sport his entire life. He is currently attending the Daniels College of Business Executive MBA Program at the University of Denver.