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Ready for Rye Takes Swale in Upset Over Daredevil


Ready for Rye upset odds-on favorite Daredevil in the re-scheduled Swale Stakes. For Tom Albertrani, maybe it signals an end to a troubling trend.

"It's a relief -- it's been a little frustrating," Albertrani said. "I think we're actually up to 12 or 13 seconds after yesterday.... But it's been a great day."

Daredevil, who drew the rail, conceded the early advantage to X Y Jet and Ready for Rye. Luis Saez asked for a bit more from Ready for Rye heading into the turn, and the gelding responded to take command approaching the quarter-pole.

Daredevil came after him in earnest turning for home, but Ready for Rye kept on going to a 2 3/4-length decision. He was timed in 1:22.39 for the seven-furlong Swale. Daredevil, making his seasonal debut, finished 10 lengths in front of third-place finisher Señor Grits. Bluegrass Singer, who stalked the early pace, faded to fourth.

"It was perfect," Saez said. "(X Y Jet) was moving and moving, and that was good because I tucked my horse in a nice position in second and with a half-mile to go I had a lot of horse. When I hit him he responded and I knew we were going to win. I feel so happy for (Tom Albertrani). He’s a nice, good guy and it’s good for him. It’s great that we were able to win a stake.”

Purchased by Chalk Racing as a yearling for $70,000 at Keeneland September, Ready for Rye isn't nominated to the Triple Crown. He'll be kept short for now.

Ready for Rye debuted at Saratoga on Labor Day and was runner-up to Carpe Diem. The Kentucky-bred bay duly romped home by seven lengths at Belmont in October, and proved second-best to Barbados as the even-money favorite in his only other start this year, the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream on Jan. 3.

"I think he really needed that race -- I don't really tighten up on them off the layoff," Albertrani explained. "I would hope they make that step forward off of the race. He really came back like he needed the race. He was a lot tighter for this one."

Ready for Rye has now earned $203,360 in his four-race career.

Ready for Rye drew outside instead of inside X Y Jet in the redrawn Swale.

"My only question today was if he would go seven-eighths, that was the only doubt in my mind," Albertrani added. "I know he's got a lot of speed. I'm glad they re-drew the race because X Y Jet was on the outside of us and that might have helped. It just worked out well. We'll go back to New York and keep him short for now."

Daredevil gave an honest effort under Javier Castellano in his first start since Nov. 1.

“He ran a good race, unfortunately we were second-best today," Castellano said. "He did not disappoint us at all. I think he is still a very good horse. He was coming off a layoff in the Breeders’ Cup, and unfortunately today he came back in sprint race. They went pretty quick, and the winner was able to dictate the pace. He still made a great effort today.”

Edited Gulfstream Park release with additonal content by Dick Downey


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