Riva Ridge S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 7f ,)

YES IT'S TRUE (B h, 123 lb) $90,000
Is It True —Clever Monique , by Clever Trick
B—George Waggoner Stables Inc., KY.; O—Padua Stables; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Lion Hearted (DK B/ h, 114 lb) $30,000
Storm Cat —Cadillacing , by Alydar
B—Phipps Stable, KY.; O—Ogden Phipps; T—Claude R. McGaughey III

Silver Season (GR/RO h, 113 lb) $16,500
Silver Ghost —Rae Rafko , by Chief's Crown
B—Bill Robinson, KY.; O—Buckram Oak Farm; T—Mohammed Moubarak

Margins: 1, neck, 1¼. Others: Millions 118($9,000) , Aristotle 113($4,500) , Grand Hope 113 , Bought in Dixie 118 , Puncher 118 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Yes It’s True continued to build a commendable race record when he scored his eighth stakes win in the Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park on June 5. The 3-year-old, conditioned by trainer D. Wayne Lukas, stalked the pace steadily in the beginning, grabbing on to first position from the half-mile point and holding to win in 1:22.35. He earned $90,000 for his victory, increasing his total career earnings to $824,200—a generous reimbursement for the Padua Stables of Satish and Anne Sanan, who purchased the colt for $800,000 at the 1998 Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

“He’s just been very, very consistent, and he’s done a lot for us,” said Bruce Hill, general manager of Padua Stables. “We don’t anticipate him slowing anytime soon... we’re looking forward to the rest of this year, and a good 4-year-old year as well.”

It was a good start for the colt and his seven other 3-year-old contenders, who, unlike Yes It’s True in his Maryland Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III) victory on the day of the Preakness, did not have to dodge an on-coming pedestrian charging madly at the horses during the race. An occurrence like that, however, couldn’t even stop Yes It’s True’s racing success.

“He’s a talented, gifted horse with speed,” said assistant trainer Mike Marlow. “He’s fast and is a good contender early on, which he can hold for (the rest of the race). He’s very game.”

Yes It’s True was bred by George Waggoner, who sold the dam, Clever Monique, earlier this year to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Labin and Becky Thomas. The mare produced a full sister to Yes It’s True in March.

Marlow said the plan is to race Yes It’s True next in either the Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth on June 19, or in the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont on July 4.

Is It True is the sire of seven stakes winners, including Yes It’s True and True Lover, a group III winner in Australia this year. The 13-year-old stallion stands for $6,500 at John T.L. Jones Jr.’s Walmac International near Lexington, and is owned in partnership.—A.M.L.