HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – E B Ryder made a sweeping move coming off the turn into the homestretch on her way to her first victory of the year in Saturday’s $75,000 Anka Germania Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Bluegrass Cat, the 3-2 favorite ridden by Jilver Chamafi, was coming off a troubled trip at Tampa Bay Downs in the Distaff Turf, in which she finished third and was placed second after encountering a bumping incident while making a wide late run. In the Anka Germania, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares, E B Ryder made another wide late run but was clear of traffic on her way to a half-length victory.
“That’s the way she likes to run. She should have won at Tampa last time and she ran second to that good mare Parranda here,” said trainer Marty Wolfson, whose filly finished second behind multiple graded-stakes winner Parranda in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf in January. “It set up for her the way the race was run.”
E B Ryder settled well off the early pace set by She’s Spooky and pressed by Sheer Drama around the first turn and along the backstretch. Chamafi took his mount to the outside leaving the backstretch and the Florida-bred filly made a sweeping four-wide move around horses in pursuit of the pacesetters. E B Ryder made a sustained stretch bid on the outside and caught Adriani, who had taken over the lead in late stretch, at the wire.
E B Ryder, who ran the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.80 for Miller Racing, was one of three fillies saddled by Wolfson in the Anka Germania. Gabriel Duignan and Ben McElroy’s Magical Steps closed from last after experiencing early trouble to finish third, 1 ½ lengths behind her victorious stablemate. Miller Racing’s Lilbourne Eliza checked in last in the field of nine.
E B Ryder had won four of 11 starts in 2013, prompting Wolfson to try her against graded-stakes company at Churchill Downs last fall.
“She didn’t fare well when I ran her in the Mrs. Revere, but I thought enough of her to run her there,” Wolfson said. “She ran well here. She’ll do well here.”