Sam F. Davis S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8.5f ,)

RULE (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $120,000
Roman Ruler —Rockcide , by Personal Flag
B—WinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; O—WinStar Farm LLC; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Schoolyard Dreams (B h, 117 lb) $40,000
Stephen Got Even —Hear This , by Prospector's Music
B—John E. Little M.D., KY.; O—Fein, Eric and Mitola, Anthony; T—Derek S. Ryan

Uptowncharlybrown (CH h, 118 lb) $20,000
Limehouse —La Iluminada , by Langfuhr
B—Rose Hill Farm, KY.; O—Fantasy Lane Stable; T—Alan S. Seewald

Margins: 3, 1, 3½. Others: Silver Craft 117($10,000) , Middle of the Nite 116($6,000) , Tristen's Mambo 116($4,000) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.

Things are starting to look promising along the early Triple Crown trail for WinStar FarmÕs 3-year-old homebred colt Rule. The son of Roman Ruler, who has won his last four starts, most recently won the Feb. 13 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) in front-running fashion over longshot Schoolyard Dreams.

While it took Rule three tries to break his maiden, his true abilities began showing when he dominated by nine lengths in his stakes debut, the Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs in November.

In his next start the Todd Pletcher-trained Rule led again from gate to wire and held on for a neck victory in the Boyd GamingÕs Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III).

WinStar is enjoying a fine month of February. A week before Rule took the Sam F. Davis, the Versailles, Ky.-based operation was represented (in partnership) by Court Vision, who won the Feb. 6 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT).

WinStar owners Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt, who are both residents of Texas, keep a band of approximately 100 broodmares and stand six stallions at WinStar. While Troutt founded Excel Communications, a long-distance telephone service and communications company, Casner developed B & R Equipment, a heavy equipment company.

Bred in Kentucky, Rule is out of the Personal Flag mare Rockcide, who is a half-sister to champion 3-year-old Funny Cide (by Distorted Humor), winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Rule is RockcideÕs first foal. The 9-year-old mare also produced Afaaf, who is a juvenile half-sister to Rule. The filly fetched $300,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. She was purchased by Shadwell from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Rockcide, who was also bred by WinStar, was first purchased for $30,000 by Kennard Warfield Jr. at the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic October yearling sale from Harry L. Landry Bloodstock, agent.

After racing 16 times for Warfield, WinStar bought Rockcide back as a broodmare for $400,000 through B.T.A. Stable, agent, at the 2006 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by Bill Reightler, agent, she was carrying Rule. Rockcide, who delivered a Distorted Humor colt Jan. 16, is booked back to that stallion for 2011.

Second-crop stallion Roman Ruler is the sire of five stakes winners, including other 2010 added-money winner Roman Chestnut, who took the Busher Stakes at Aqueduct the same day Rule won the Sam F. Davis. Roman Ruler stands for $20,000 at John SikuraÕs Hill ÔnÕ Dale Farms near Lexington.ÑE.M.