Curly Ruth earns a julep cup at Keeneland

15 Oct 2021

   Curly Ruth gave an encore performance on Friday as she rallied furiously in the last hundred yard to catch favored Sweet Melania and score an impressive victory in a conditioned allowance race at the Lexington oval.  Last out, she won at Kentucky Downs in near wire to wire fashion, grabbing a lead before the half mile and vigorously defending it to the wire.  In this race, she was content to save ground on the inside through modest fractions and appeared to be falling behind on the turn.  At the top of the stretch, she appeared to be stymied behind a tiring leader and without room to mount a rally.

   Jockey Adam Beschizza had other plans, however. He was able to angle out and get clear of the tiring horse before being boxed in by late running rivals on the outside.  With a clear path to run the final sixteenth, Curly unleashed a visually impressive turn of foot to catch and finally prevail over the betting favorite by 3/4 length.  Time for the 1 1/16 miles over the very soft going was 1:44.0.

   Curly Ruth continues her impressive improvement with each start, next stop being stakes company most likely at Fair Grounds this winter.  She is very competitive and as they say, "the light has switched on." She has also shown versatility in her last two starts, winning on the front end at a quick pace and then following that up with a patient inside trip followed by a late rally.  Her top notch pedigree is finally showing through.  

   Curly Ruth was purchased for us by Patrick Masson at the 2018 Keeneland September sale for $275,000.  Needless to say, we look forward to ultimately bringing her home to join the broodmare band, but she has a lot left to accomplish on the track, this year and next!

Curly Ruth wins at Keeneland