|SARATOGA SPECIAL S.|
Won at 2SARATOGA SPECIAL S.
(gr. II , 6.5f , defeating Break Water Edison, Reynaldothewizard, Join in the Dance, Proud Jefe, Medaglia d'Onore, Dueling Alex, Unsung Song, Lyin' Heart ).
The aptly-named Run Away and Hide did it again Aug. 14, drawing off from a field of 2-year-olds to win a graded stakes. Not out since winning the Kentucky Stakes (gr. III) during the Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs, Run Away and Hide won the Saratoga Special (gr. II) as the third choice in a nine-horse field. Favored Reynaldothewizard finished third.
Trained by Ronny Werner, the Saratoga Special winner is owned by Ron Kirk, John Bates, and Michael Riordan.
Breaking from the rail, Run Away and Hide sat just off a hotly-contested pace of :21.66 and :44.80 in the 61Ú2-furlong race before putting in a :06.39 final half-furlong.
ÒHe has been a laid-back horse and he has done everything weÕve asked him to do,Ó said winning rider Robby Albarado. ÒWhen I rode him last time, I told Ronny that he wants to settle. He has worked off horses and inside of other horses. He has shown a lot of professionalism from day one.Ó
Run Away and Hide figured to be a pro at Saratoga. His sire, City Zip (a half-brother to Horse of the Year Ghostzapper), won the Sanford (gr. II), Saratoga Special, and Hopeful (gr. I) Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2000, becoming one of just two horses to pull off that trifecta in the modern era.
The Runaway Groom mare Jilted, dam of the Saratoga Special winner, is also owned by Kirk and Riordan along with Joint Ventures. She resides at Peter OÕCallaghanÕs Woods Edge Farm, which is located off the Old Richmond Road near Lexington.
JiltedÕs yearling colt, by Northern Afleet, is scheduled to sell in Book 5 at next monthÕs Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington. The mare delivered a colt by classic winner Victory Gallop May 31 and was not bred back for 2009.
City Zip is the sire of 12 stakes winners including additional 2008 added-money winners Bustin Stones (gr. I) and Northern Netti. City Zip, a grade I-winning son of Carson City, stands at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2008 fee was $15,000.ÑE.I.H
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