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Ready for Rye Third in Grade 2 Woody Stephens

Ready for Rye continued his career-long streak of gutsy performances with a third place finish in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6. As in previous efforts, Ready for Rye broke alertly and led the field through sizzling early fractions before giving way grudgingly down the stretch, completing the 7 furlong affair in a still fast 1:22.31. He earned $60,000 for the race, pushing his earnings to $293,360 in just 6 starts. Never off-the-board, his career record is 6-2-2-2.

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Latigo Trail Finishes Second in 2015 Debut

If only the wire had come a few strides earlier! Instead, Latigo Trail, who led most of the way and even increased his advantage approaching the stretch, had to settle for a narrow loss in his 2015 debut at Belmont Park on May 25. Even so, there were plenty of positives. Despite losing, Latigo Trail earned a 77 Beyer Speed Figure— just a point below his career best— and pushed his lifetime earnings to just shy of the $100,000 mark. Since moving to turf, Latigo Trail has been off the board only once.

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Put It Forward Game in Loss

Put It Forward may not have won the 7th race at Belmont Park on May 10 but he still managed to deliver a gutsy performance and pick up a piece of the $80,000 purse. Away quickly, Put it Forward led the field through fast early fractions and only gave way inside the final furlong. Even then he continued to dig in, finishing fifth just 4-1/2 lengths behind the winner while setting a personal best time of 1:34.23 for the one mile turf affair.

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Ready for Rye Third in the Bay Shore

Ready for Rye emerged from a troubled trip to finish a respectable third in the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct on April 4. Off slowly and trapped inside horses during the early stages, Ready for Rye still performed gamely, launching a three-wide rally around the turn to claim the lead with only a furlong to run before being bumped and overtaken late. Despite the loss, Ready for Rye pushed his earnings to over $233,000 and has yet to finish worse than third in 5 career starts.

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Ready for Rye Brilliant in Swale

Talk about your encore performances! After finishing second in his first start in stakes company, Ready for Rye was simply dazzling in the Grade II Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park, rallying from just off the pace to win by almost 3 lengths. Ridden for the first time by Luis Saez, Ready for Rye completed the 7 furlong distance of the Swale in a very fast 1:22.39, earning a 109 Beyer Speed Rating and -2 Thorograph rating. How impressive was his effort? His 105 Beyer speed figure ranks second among all 3-year-olds this year!

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Super Saver Homebred Colt Latest Addition to Chalk Racing Roster

The newest addition to Chalk Racing arrived in New York on March 1 with a promising pedigree and exciting future. The biggest reason for enthusiasm is the colt’s “super” sire, Super Saver, winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby and the leading first-crop sire by North American earnings. His dam is no slouch either, setting a course record as a three-year-old at Monmouth Park in 2011. His second dam, though unraced, was a half-sister to Grade I winner, Lady of Shamrock, winner of $950,400 during her lifetime and a half-sister to Grade II winner, Smooth Jazz ($321,105 in earnings).

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Ready for Rye Second in the Spectacular Bid

Ready for Rye celebrated the New Year in style with a gritty second-place effort in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 3. Ridden by Eclipse Award-winning rider, Javier Castellano, Ready for Rye chased swift early fractions before giving way to the winner nearing the final sixteenth. Despite losing, Ready for Rye finished strong, increasing his margin over the third place finisher through the stretch to 4-1/2 lengths at the wire and galloping out well after the race. The Spectacular Bid Stakes marked Ready for Rye’s first attempt in stakes company and came after a 83 day layoff following his maiden win at Belmont in October.

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Wind of Bosphorus Wins Last Start of 2014

Wind of Bosphorus sure knows how to finish! Sent to post the favorite, the four-year-old gelding made his final start of 2014 and first start at Tampa Bay Downs a winning one by rallying from off the pace to just edge the runner-up by a head bob at the wire in a $16,000 claiming affair on the turf. Though claimed from Chalk Racing after the race, the victory added to what had already been a successful year for the stable. The final 2014 record: 41 starts, 4 wins, 6 seconds, and 10 thirds!

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Ready for Rye Wins by Seven

Ready for Rye broke his maiden impressively on October 11 at Belmont Park. Sent off as the 1-2 post time favorite, he went to the lead and never looked back winning by seven lengths. Javier Costellano never showed Rye the whip while racing through some quick early fractions in the slop. His final time was a quick 1:09.92 for the six-furlong contest. Rye also earned a ninety-six beyer figure for his huge effort.

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Ready for Rye Second in Debut

Our $70,000 yearling purchase made his maiden debut on September 1, at Saratoga. It was a gutsy performance by our baby boy who was bumped hard at the start but able to shake if off to make up a ton of ground early in the race. Javier Costellano put him next to the heavy favorite who had to dig in deep to fend our boy off. Costellano shut Rye down in the final seventy yards, once he saw the winner digging in for the victory. We’re Ready for Ryes’ next effort.

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