Shows Toughness in Stretch Run
By Dick Downey
Photo by Coady Photography
Reride won his fourth race from five starts after a resurgent stretch run in the Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park.
Reride and Alfredo Juarez, Jr. broke from post 1 and laid in third behind 2-5 favorite Runaway Ghost and Trgger Warning, who dueled through a first quarter-mile that the timer perhaps erroneously said went in 21.54. Reride was hustled along and almost got on even terms with those two with a half-mile gone in 47.88.
With six furlongs in the book in 1:12.31 going into the far turn, Reride was a half-length in front. Rounding the turn, Reride took clear possession of the lead, but into the stretch, Runaway Ghost came back to challenge. The Steve Asmussen trainee came again and easily repelled the challenge to cruise home by daylight.
In the winner's circle, Juarez said he asked Reride at the top of the stretch and that he got a response. Then, Juarez gave Reride a tap of the whip and he took off to cross the finish line 2 1/2 lengths best of Runaway Ghost. They were followed by Trooper another 15 1/4 lengths back in third. Six others ran. The raced was timed in 1:44.06.
Reride, a son of Candy Ride, is out of the Tapit mare Remit, a full sister to Tapiture. He's a Kentucky homebred belonging to Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC.
The colt won two of three races as a juvenile with one win coming on dirt and one on turf. In his sole stakes race last year, he finished sixth in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Reride opened up 2018 with a gritty win of the Big Drama Stakes at Delta Downs.
Juarez said he'd be happy to see Reride come back in the Sunland Derby on March 25. Sent off at 3-1, Reride paid backers $8.80 to win.
The Mine That Bird Derby isn't a Kentucky Derby points race, but Reride will be back in search of same.