Randaroo Wins Early Duel, Romps in Distaff

Randaroo Wins Early Duel, Romps in Distaff
Photo: AP/NYRA Adam Coglianese
Randaroo wins the Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap.
(from Aqueduct report)
Joseph Allen's Randaroo had everything going her way even before the gates opened on Saturday $147,900 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs at Aqueduct.

The 4-year-old daughter of Gold Case was well-rested, back at Aqueduct, where she had won both of her previous starts and had an obvious speed edge over her rivals, which numbered only three, thanks to the presence of 2002 Juvenile Fillies champ Storm Flag Flying.

Randaroo took jockey Richard Migliore to the front while pressured by her rivals and carried him through fractions of :22 4/5; :46 1/5 and 1:10 before drawing off to a 3 ½-length victory in 1:22 3/5.

"I was surprised to see the other horses try to run with her early," said winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "They were a little closer than I thought they would be. I guess they figured they had to take it to her at some point.

"Richie never hit her, and it's nice to win that way."

McLauglin said Randaroo will run next in the $250,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at seven furlongs at Churchill Downs on May 1, Kentucky Derby Day.

The post-time favorite, Randaroo earned $93,240 for her fifth victory in the last six starts. She's won eight of 14 career starts with winnings of $644,920.

"I was definitely on the horse to beat, so the rest of them are just using their heads trying to stay close to me," Migliore added. "I was just a good passenger.

"In the stretch, I just kind of let her out a notch. I didn't want to make it a harder race on her than it had to be. I never even thought about hitting her. It was easy."

Randaroo, from the dam Validated, by Valid Appeal, was purchased for $75,000 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton in July 2001.

Chirimoya was second, followed by Storm Flag Flying, who defeated only Fit Performer.

"I wasn't surprised at the winner," said Storm Flag Flying's trainer, Shug McGaughey. "But I am disappointed with how we ran. I thought she would run better than that."

Added her jockey, Edgar Prado: "She broke well and I tried to maintain our position going to the three-eighths pole, but she just spit it out. I asked her for more, but she didn't want to finish. She gave me an indication that she didn't want any part of it at the five-sixteenths pole, but then I hit her and she got worse."

Randaroo paid $2.90 and $2.30. Chirimoya returned $5.40. The $2 exacta was $24.

(Chart, Equibase)

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