Another Promising Juvenile for Dorochenko; Prado Wins Four
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Gennadi Dorochenko found himself in the Winner’s Circle Saturday with yet another promising 2-year-old after Raut LLC’s Ryabinka won the fourth race, a maiden special weight for freshman fillies.
Ryabinka, ridden by Antioco Murgia, sat just off the leaders, as first-time starters Morgan Falls and Katie’s Kiss set the early tempo. Murgia unleashed his filly near the sixteenth pole, and the daughter of Sharp Humor and West Coast Kitty accelerated and went straight to the front before professionally holding off a late charge from Evelyn’s Dream. She crossed the wire a length in front, covering the five furlongs in 1:01.85 over a main track labeled “good.”
“I knew this horse would win today,” Dorochenko said. “Last time she overcame a bit of trouble. This jockey (Murgia) rode excellent. This win was perfect.”
Ryabinka entered the race off two second-place finishes in her first two lifetime outings. Most recently, she just missed victory by a hard-fought neck in a 5 ½-furlong maiden race on June 22.
“She’ll be a stakes filly,” Dorochenko said. “Her mother is by Bertrando – I love Bertrando. I also have a horse that won the Louisiana Derby by Sharp Humor (Dorochenko’s Hero of Order won the G2 Louisiana Derby in 2012 at 109-1 odds).”
Dorochenko has several young horses worthy of stakes consideration, with his undefeated Dekabrist, who won the Kodiak Island Stakes at Gulfstream on June 14, topping the list. Dorochenko has won seven 2-year-old races at Gulfstream so far this year.
“We have a good team right now,” Dorochenko said. “Sergio, my assistant, has done a great job, too.”
While a stake is the objective going forward for Ryabinka, Dorochenko has no specific race currently in mind for the filly.
“We’ll see how she is tomorrow,” he said. “But I’m glad she ran very big – heavy track, and she ran perfect.”
Who’s Hot: Jockey Edgar Prado made a day-trip to Gulfstream a very profitable one. The Hall of Fame member, who spends his winters riding at Gulfstream but resides in New York during the summer, had four winners on the day. He scored back-to-back victories with So Frank ($4.40) and Royal Rhiannon ($9.80) in the second and third races before taking two of the day’s five stakes: the $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint with Madame Giry ($6.60) and the $75,000 Cash Run Stakes with Little Alexis ($4.20).
Edgard Zayas also scored a stakes double with Heart Stealer ($3) in the $75,000 Paseana and Mr. Baker ($4.60) in the $75,000 Housebuster.
Rainbow Six Carryover: $50,000
Super Hi 5 Carryover: $2,838.07