By Gustavo Gonzalez
The stable Rubio B. was one of the biggest winners in the festival of two group I races, one group III, and the three finals of the Copa Bullrich, for 2-year-olds, at Palermo Racetrack, in Buenos Aires April 10.
Rubio B., the stable of Ricardo Benedicto and his son, Nicolas, celebrated with Marote Cat (by Easing Along), first in the five-furlong Final Copa Bullrich-Productos, and Negrito Emperor (by Emperor Jones) in the seven-furlong Final Copa Bullrich-Productos.
Aldeano Nov (by Romanov), second in the Gran Premio de Honor-Copa Julio y Carlos Menditeguy (Arg-I), gave Rubio B. another high-level result. Aldeano Nov is the leader of Campeonato Palermo de Oro, a three-step championship with a purse of 400,000 pesos (more than $100,000), and 200,000 pesos to the horse that obtains more points. The third and last step will be the 775,000 pesos Gran Premio Republica Argentina (Arg-1) May 1, with 500,000 pesos to the winner.
The Rubio B. competitors were ridden by Jorge Ricardo, the Brazilian star who battled with a lymphoma last year and competes with Russell Baze for the position of all-time worldwide leader by wins.
Lingote de Oro (by Orpen) beat Aldeano Nov by five lengths. The others winners of the day were Ollagua (Fillies and mares Gran Premio Gilberto Lerena); Boris Blue (by Mutakddim) in the Clasico Pedro y Manuel Crespo (2 year-olds, Arg-III); and Asua (by Lucky Roberto) in the Final Copa Bullrich (2 year-old fillies).
Ricardo and Nicolas Benedicto have an operation in the United States, leasing Valley View near Lexington.
“We will offer the first yearlings bred there and born in Argentina in the next San Isidro Million and the Copa Bullrich sales, and (will sell) eight North American (bred yearlings) to the Keeneland September Sale,” Ricardo Benedicto said.
“We are thinking in send 15 or 20 broodmares to Candy Ride in Kentucky,” Benedicto said.
Ricardo Benedicto is president of Casino Club, the firm that provides slots machines to Palermo Racetrack and operates several casinos and entertainment facilities in Argentina. La Passion, 80 kilometers from Buenos Aires, is the farm of Benedicto’s family.