Bill Hartack Memorial H. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 9f ,)
RYAN'S FOR REAL
Sword Dance (IRE) Beaties for Real , by Unreal Zeal
BGilbert G. Campbell, FL.; ORob Ry Farm and Slysz, Jayne Marie; TDale Capuano
Giant's Causeway Alaska Queen , by Time for a Change
BKidder, Griggs, Mamakos, KY.; OTeam Valor International; TTodd A. Pletcher
(DK B/ g,
Mr. Greeley Day Lily , by A.P. Indy
BStewart L. Armstrong, KY.; ORamsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.; TMichael J. Maker
It didnÕt take long for RyanÕs for Real to show he was the real deal. In his second start for his new owners, RyanÕs for Real captured the $200,000 Bill Hartack Memorial Handicap (gr. III) April 19 at Hawthorne Race Course. The race is named for the late Hall of Fame jockey. Hartack died in November of heart failure.
RyanÕs for Real races for Bob HaynesÕ Rob Ry Farm and Jayne Marie Slysz, who bought him privately after a solid fourth-place effort in the Feb. 18 General George BreedersÕ Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel. In his first start for his new owners, RyanÕs for Real ran seventh in the April 5 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct, beaten 73Ú4 lengths. His victory in the Bill Hartack Memorial came by 31Ú2 lengths.
Trainer Dale Capuano felt Ryan for RealÕs so-so performance in the Carter was due partially to the raceÕs seven-furlong distance. He thought two-turns would suit the gelding better.
ÒThe farther he trains the better he seems to go so I thought he could get the mile and an eighth,Ó said Capuano, who added that RyanÕs for Real came to him in great shape. RyanÕs for Real formerly was trained by John V. Alecci and campaigned by his racing stable.
Haynes, who lives near Potomac, Md., was partial to purchasing RyanÕs for Real for several reasons, one of which was that his son is named Ryan. Another thing that didnÕt hurt was that Ryan Haynes won a stakes with RyanÕs for RealÕs older full brother, Little Thunder. Trained by Capuano, he captured the 2006 Artax Handicap at Gulfstream Park.
The full brothers, bred in Florida by Gilbert G. Campbell, are just two of three stakes-winning full siblings from the stakes-placed Unreal Zeal mare Beaties for Real. The other is graded stakes winner FrielÕs for Real, who was bred and raced by Campbell. A veteran breeder/owner, Campbell owns Stonehedge Farm South near Williston, Fla.
Rob Ry and Slysz campaigned earlier stakes winners Heros Reward and Due. The former won the 2007 Baltimore City Turf Sprint Stakes at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard and took the Nearctic Stakes (Can-IIT) in October. Due captured the 2006 Maryland Million Classic Stakes at Laurel.
Beaties for Real produced a Medaglia dÕOro filly this year and is back in foal to him. She currently is boarded at Robert S. WestÕs Waterford-Millford Farms near Midway, Ky. Her 2-year-old filly, Love Ya Style, is in training with Ned Allard at Philadelphia Park.
Sword Dance is the sire of RyanÕs for Real and 25 other stakes winners. He is pensioned at Stonehedge.ÑD.S.