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Roman Ruler Rockcide , by Personal Flag
BWinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; OWinStar Farm LLC; TTodd A. Pletcher
Grand Slam Andre
Grand Slam Spring Free , by Royal Academy
BMichael Rainier, KY.; ORobison, J. Kirk and Judy; TSteven M. Asmussen
Valid Expectations Raven's Bride , by Cherokee Colony
BBass/Seeligson Partnership, TX.; OBass Seeligson Partnership and Fitzsimons, Hugh; TThomas M. Amoss
Rule might have run his way into favoritism for the Dec. 4 Boyd GamingÕs Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs the way he won the Nov. 6 Jean Lafitte Stakes at the track. The 2-year-old son of Roman Ruler set a track-record of 1:37.45 for the mile in his nine-length score.
RuleÕs Beyer Speed Figure also proved special. Rule recorded a 97 Beyer, which at the time was the sixth-highest for a juvenile this year.
Rule, who races as a homebred for Bill Casner and Kenny TrouttÕs WinStar Farm, is from the immediate family of Funny Cide, the 2003 champion and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner bred by WinStar. Funny Cide is a half-brother to RuleÕs dam, Rockcide.
Rule was purchased in utero by WinStar vice president and racing manager Elliott Walden in the name of B.T.A. Stable. Walden bought Rockcide for $400,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Bill Reightler, agent.
Rockcide is kept at WinStar near Versailles, Ky. Her yearling filly is by WinStar stallion Distorted Humor, sire of Funny Cide. Named Afaaf, she was bought by Sheikh HamdanÕs Shadwell for $300,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned her as agent for WinStar.
Alone and in partnership, WinStar has bred and/or raced 2009 graded winners Advice, Girolamo, Hold Me Back, Rendezvous, and Witty. WinStar also is represented this year by homebred stakes winner Colonel John, who was a two-time grade I winner in 2008. Colonel John has been retired from racing and will enter stud at WinStar in 2010.
Roman Ruler, who ranks second on the first-crop sire list, has sired additional stakes winners Homeboykris (gr. I), Seattle Ruler, and Zacatlan (Mex-I). Roman Ruler stands at John SikuraÕs Hill ÔnÕ Dale Farms near Lexington. His 2010 fee is $20,000.ÑD.S