Won 2011 Kentucky Derby
June 12, 2011 by staff
Won 2011 Kentucky Derby, Before Saturday’s 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes, the relationship between the ruler on the ice and their connections had been decidedly one-sided in terms of happiness with the chestnut gelding is the group’s unabashed narcissism.
With its unique character and nasty pranks sometimes the brown gelding has forced trainer Kelly Breen in a constant game of guessing what will make you happy at your expense.
Has achieved its own van when it ships, your own place away from the main barn at Monmouth Park Breen and in return, his coach had gotten the results that – to put it mildly – to test the limits of his patience.
“He did not want to grow,” lamented Breen Saturday. “He is a gelding and therefore can not castrate him again. It’s like trying to take small steps with this horse, just understanding what you want, what you need, trying to calm him.”
To say the least, the Ruler in the ice must Breen and owners George and Lori Hall something for all the concessions made in his name. Around 18:41, he gave his team the reward of a lifetime.
Breen Headcase residents blew the minds of some 55,779 attendees at Belmont Park when the 24-1 shot came from the horses in the lane and took off in jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. to take the million and Belmont Stakes in three quarters of a length long shot over fellow stay thirsty.
The last leg of the Triple Crown 2011 was presented as a showdown between Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom and Preakness Stake’s winner who earned Shackleford classic sports wins, while some long odds.
While Shackleford faded to fifth after setting the early pace and Animal Kingdom came home sixth after a nightmare start in which stumbled badly, that was the rule in the ice that became the last second to go from little-known a hero.
In the process, always Breen and centers with their first victory in a Grade I race considering what you put them all through, that was the least I could do.
“Rule On Ice has always been frustrating,” said George Hall, who along with his wife Lori not ran in 2004. “I kept hearing about their capacity and the amount of speed I had and it was not yet mature enough to win races.
“Obviously, this is our first winner of Grade I. This is our one big part, no doubt our first winner of the Triple Crown. This is our man at this time.”
The game you play is a 1/2-mile Belmont, the best rule in the ice had placed bets against the company was an effort to second in the stakes Federico Tesio at Pimlico Race Course, 7 May.
Although out of the race with a low blood count which has only improved over the past two weeks, the general feeling was his lack of concentration – not talent – was the reason for the rule in the ice had collected only first win and the subsidy to that point.
To this end, Breen decided to put blinkers on the gelding son Roman Ruler for the Belmont and in recent days, could see the proverbial light bulb flashes start.
(Blinkers) was part of maturing, “said Breen. “The first time out the door, he was still wasting time and not to rest. Last week, broke the dynamite and how sometimes the bulb lights.
“Suddenly, the last two weeks his blood counts began to improve. It was like the perfect storm of things going well.”
Literally, I could not have imagined a better scenario than the one that took place in the Belmont oval.
As expected, the front Shackleford run him out of the place outside No. 12 and took his usual spot at the front end, while artistically Valdivia moved Ruler To the right of the former ice front and left side step a clear path out in the second.
Ideal as fractions of: 23.92 and: 49.08 went to Shackleford, the chestnut colt began to weaken around the final lap as the ice rule and the final velocity finished third brightest began advancing on the outside.
“He had his way, he just does not hold,” said Dale Romans, coach Shackleford.
In the sixteenth pole, Shackleford could not fight the 12-furlong distance over and gave his rivals on us. Ruling on Ice then came through from that speed and a brilliant before digging a lack determined to contain a set of thirst stay mounting his own offering upset over rail against 16-1.
Ice rule ended in 2:30.88 on the sloppy track to Stay Thirsty for 1 1 / 2 clear bodies brilliant speed.
“Kelly said there seems to be very fast, put it in the race and expect only the best,” beamed Valdivia, who was traveling in his first Belmont Stakes. “With a mile remaining I still felt like I had a lot of horse under me. I looked up and the wire and was like ‘Oh, my God, I’m going to win the Belmont Stakes.”
Animal Kingdom field had a similar feeling of disbelief about the consequences, for entirely different reasons.
The chestnut colt lost all chance of becoming the first winner of the Derby since Thunder Gulch in 1995 to take the Belmont when he was beaten and clipped heels with Mucho Macho Man leaving the door, causing jockey John Velazquez to lose and almost left abutment will be mounted on the head.
By the time the duo got together, they are several lengths behind his 11 rivals in the last. An attempt to rally at the end turn momentarily led the race, but Vel? Zquez knew his career was over a few steps in.
“They came to me and clipped heels, I had a horrible trip,” Velazquez said. “At that time, I was hoping to get a piece of it. No way I was going to recover that ground much. I knew I was done.”
Along with improving his record to three wins in seven starts, Ruler Ice also has further confounded a division of 3 years of age, and no definitive leader.
For the first time in many years, however, connections wrung his hands in jubilation instead of anguish in which it refers.
“Jose always go back and say I was wasting my time but I was not tired,” said George Hall. “You could see after the race I wanted to do another lap of honor. He is a horse better than his chances and showed it showed today.”
The complete order of finish:
1. Ruling on Ice 2. Stay thirsty 3. Brilliant speed 4. Nehra 5. Shackleford 6. Animal Kingdom 7. Mucho Macho Man 8. Santivan 9. Monsoon 10. Master of Hounds 11. The first cut 12. Not perfect
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