What may have looked like a prep race on paper for Ruis Racing's Union Strike turned into an easy victory for the Union Rags filly April 9 in the $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
The possibility that grade 1 winner Gun Runner could start in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park came closer to fruition after a deal was reached to use Ruis Racing's slot in the 12-horse starting gate.
A planned move to Oaklawn Park for its winter meet has been cancelled by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who will instead remain in Southern California to be the "first-call stable rider" for Ruis Racing as of Dec. 1, according to a news release.
Craig Dollase, who recently received 19 horses from Mick Ruis, worked one of them Oct. 15 at Santa Anita Park: Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) winner Union Strike. Grade I winner Melatonin was also on the tab.
Longshot Rockport Babe not only provided an upset at odds of 20-1 in the first race May 15 at Santa Anita Park, but the 3-year-old Rockport Harbor filly also gave 25-year-old Shelbe Ruis with the first win of her training career.
Untried and a little star-struck when he competed for the first time at Del Mar last season, apprentice jockey Mick Ruis expects much better results this time around.
Very Vegas sprinted to a clear early lead and held off favored Aspen Gal in the stretch for a neck victory in the $111,350 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Santa Anita Park.
Jockeys Tyler Baze and Jose Silva suffered serious injuries Monday in a five-horse spill which marred the running of the fourth race at Del Mar.
Mick Ruis, who recently completed his sophomore year at Poway High School near San Diego, "graduated" from the maiden jockey ranks at Hollywood Park in the second race Thursday, guiding Aetha to victory in a race for $8,000 claimers at 1 1/16 miles.
Apprentice jockey M.C. Baze, a promising 16-year-old from a family with a rich tradition in the saddle, has left Hollywood Park for Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
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