Kentucky S. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 5f ,)
RUN AWAY AND HIDE
City Zip Jilted , by Runaway Groom
BMichael Riordan, KY.; OKirk, Ronald K., Bates, John C., and Riordan, Michael; TRonny W. Werner
(DK B/ m,
Dixie Union Brisquette , by Unbridled's Song
BStonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, KY.; OTwin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC; TTodd A. Pletcher
Dream of Kaylee
Cactus Ridge Witchkin , by Salem
BJ M Stables, Inc., NY.; OSchroeder Farm, LLC, Borchetta, Martha and Boran, Alberta; TRobert B. Hess, Jr.
One would hope with a name like Run Away and Hide, that a 2-year-old would have a little speed. Well, the City Zip colt lived up to his name May 1 at Churchill Downs, drawing off from his rivals in the $163,000 Kentucky Stakes (gr. III) to kickstart the stakes bonanza at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend. The winner was the 8-5 favorite.
Finishing second was Garden District, one of two fillies in the field. The third-place finisher, Dream of Kaylee, was a first-time starter. Dicey Riley and Final Judgement were scratched, leaving a six-horse field.
Run Away and Hide had license to be a good thing in the five-furlong race, having broken his maiden in easy fashion April 18 at Keeneland going 41Ú2 furlongs in :50.73.
The Kentucky Stakes winner is trained by Ronny Werner, who has a reputation of firing with young stock early in their careers.
ÒIt worked out great,Ó he said after the race. ÒThe horses scratching on the outside helped out a bit. When youÕre on the outside and can dictate the pace, you can do what you want to do.Ó
The winner sat a length off Merkel, who broke from the rail and set splits of :21.71 and :44.87.
ÒHe had a great trip,Ó said winning rider Robby Albarado. ÒWhen youÕre going five-eighths, there really isnÕt much to it; just go fast.Ó
Run Away and Hide was bred by Ron Kirk, Joint Ventures, and Michael Riordan and races for Kirk, Riordan, and John Bates. Consigned by Peter OÕCallaghanÕs Woods Edge Farm, agent, the colt was offered for sale deep into last yearÕs Keeneland September yearling sale and returned to the barn with $22,000 reserve not attained as hip No. 3453.
Jilted, the dam of Run Away and Hide, was also bred by Woods Edge Farm and was the winner of one race from four starts. Racing for Kirk and Riordan, she broke her maiden at Turfway Park going a mile in December of her 3-year-old year for trainer William Million. She was offered for sale twice, and also was a RNA each time.
City Zip is the sire of 10 stakes winners including additional 2008 grade I winner Bustin Stones. City Zip, a grade I-winning son of Carson City, stands at LaneÕs End Farm for a fee of $15,000.ÑE.I.H.