Coach Rudy Rodriguez entered Sunday’s card at Aqueduct on prime of the coach standings with a report of 47-10-2-5 and has various stakes contenders lining as much as bolster purse earnings already at $429,253 on the Ozone Park, N.Y., monitor. He added one win and a second-place end on Sunday.
The 48-year-old conditioner, who has gained 14 particular person NYRA meet titles in his profession, captured the 2018 winter meet with 38 wins.
“We have a very good group of individuals working for us, the identical folks which were working for us all alongside,” mentioned Rodriguez. “When the horses are working the way in which you see them practice, that is a plus. Some horses are working good and a few horses are working somewhat higher, we simply should hold working laborious and hopefully issues will hold understanding.
“I am probably not serious about successful titles, I am simply attempting to maintain my horses working good,” added Rodriguez. “If it really works out that is good, however I believe we have been holding our personal the previous couple years”
The Elkstone Group’s Wudda U Assume Now, a New York-bred son of Quick Anna, earned an 88 Beyer Pace Determine for his half-length rating on Friday when travelling seven furlongs in a first-level allowance dash for state-breds.
Bred by Mina Equivest, Wudda U Assume Now was bought for $60,000 on the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Most well-liked New York-bred Yearling Sale. Out of the Unbridled Jet mare Unbridled Grace, Wudda U Assume Now graduated at second asking in November when sprinting six furlongs on a muddy Massive A primary monitor and adopted with a very good second on December 10 to Jerry the Nipper, who got here again to win a second-level allowance tilt.
Rodriguez mentioned Wudda U Assume Now has improved steadily since arriving in his care.
“He is been very constant since we bought him,” mentioned Rodriguez. “The folks on the farm did a very good job and the horse got here again excellent. I am simply attempting to maintain it collectively and the horse is exhibiting that he may be any form of horse.
“I will speak to the proprietor, Mr. Grant, and see what’s subsequent however we would like to interrupt the situations after which see what we have got,” added Rodriguez. “I do not need to take something away from the horse. I like him so much. He is nice physique clever, conduct and coaching within the morning. He is a simple horse that can enhance with racing.”
Michael Dubb’s Pete’s Play Name was claimed for $62,500 out of a successful effort on November 27 on the Massive A and captured the Gravesend on January 2 at first asking for brand spanking new connections.
“He is been very constant. We have been fortunate the opposite day with 5 horses within the race and a horse in entrance to set it up,” mentioned Rodriguez. “Pace held up good that day and fortunately it labored out for us.”
Rodriguez mentioned he’ll take into account pointing the 8-year-old Munnings gelding to the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, a seven-furlong dash for 4-year-olds and up on January 30.
“That is what we’re pointing for and if he trains into that race the identical means, I believe we’ll take the possibility,” mentioned Rodriguez.
E.V. Racing Steady’s Eagle Orb, winner of the Pocket book for state-breds on November 14 on the Massive A, completed second final out within the Jerome on New 12 months’s Day in a race gained in frontrunning fashion by Capo Kane.
“I am unsure if distance will likely be a difficulty for him, however the different horse ran a giant race. We tried to make a run on the winner however we could not catch him,” mentioned Rodriguez. “The proprietor needs to level on the Gotham so we’ll give him one other shot on the mile.”
The Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham, a one-turn mile providing 50-2-10-5 Kentucky Derby qualifying factors to the top-four finishers, is slated for March 6.
Graded-stakes positioned Water White, a 4-year-old Conveyance filly additionally owned by E.V. Racing Steady, was final seen on monitor in June when a distant third within the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont.
The gifted grey, who captured the Busher Invitational in March on the Massive A, returned to the work tab on January 3 and added a second three-eighths breeze Sunday morning in 38.01 on the Belmont filth monitoring monitor.
Repole Steady’s Backsideofthemoon earned a career-best 106 Beyer Pace Determine for his six-length rating within the nine-furlong Queens County on December 19 on the Massive A.
Rodriguez mentioned the 9-year-old Malibu Moon gelding, who sports activities a report of 47-8-9-7, will possible return within the $100,000 Jazil, a nine-furlong take a look at for 4-year-olds and up on January 23 at Aqueduct.
“It appears to be like like he got here out of the race properly. We’ll level for the Jazil and hopefully he can have one other good yr,” mentioned Rodriguez.
Backsideofthemoon gained the 2018 Jazil and completed second in final yr’s renewal to possible returning champion Mr. Buff.
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