Oceanport, N.J. – Ruthenia
unleashed a powerful stretch rally to capture the Grade 3 $100,000 Violet Stakes
as Maple Forest won the $60,000 Little Silver in gate-to-wire fashion at
Monmouth Park on Monday.
Trained by Christophe
Clement, Ruthenia came from well off the pace
before prevailing by a length, stopping the timer in 1:40.68 for the mile and
one sixteenth over a firm turf course.
Sent off at 10-1 in the
field of seven fillies and mares, Ruthenia
returned $22.60, $9.00 and $4.60 across the board and topped the $108.80. Pinch
Pie, who also made her move in the lane, paid $6.60 to place and $4.20 to show.
It was a nose back to Unbridled Humor, who returned $3 to show.
“I thought they were going
along pretty well up front and wasn’t really concerned about them coming back to
me,” said winning jockey Kendrick Carmouche “I thought Jeremy Rose (aboard
Pinch Pie) was getting the absolute perfect trip. I followed him and when he got
free, I got free. From there it was just pointing her in the right direction and
she did the rest. She’s pretty small, but she can
A 4-year-old filly by
Pulpit from the Rahy mare Ruthian, Ruthenia
improved her lifetime mark to 4-3-1 from 10 outings. The first time stakes
winner has now earned $214,635 for owner and breeder Virginia Kraft
In the Red Cross Stakes
Stakes, Maple Forest made every pole a winning one as she got out to an easy
lead and never looked back, posting a three-quarter length victory over My
Sunshine Gal, who tried gamely to catch the winner.
Conditioned by Todd
Forest covered six furlongs
on a fast main track in 1:09.73 and paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.10 as the
even-money favorite in the field of five fillies and mares. My Sunshine Gal
completed the $14.20 exacta and returned $4.20 and $2.20. Enchante was another
six lengths back in third, good for a $2.10 show
“It’s great when the gates
open and one jump later you’re a length in front of the field,” said winning
jockey Joe Bravo. “She’s fast and tries hard every time. She had her eyeball on
that other horse (My Sunshine Gal) in the stretch. She was never going to catch
The Red Cross victory was
the fourth in 12 tries for Maple Forest, a 4-year-old daughter of Forestry
out of the American Chance mare Maple Syrple. The winner’s share of the purse
boosted her lifetime earnings to $222,066 for owner Blue Haven
Live racing continues at Monmouth on Friday,
June 1, with a 10-race card – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.