Ready Signal Gets Her Way in Sunday’s Ten Palms Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Ready Signal doesn’t like it when things don’t go her way, but the 5-year-old mare had a very good day Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
The needy daughter of More Than Ready received a dream trip under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado and she responded with a strong stretch kick to win the $75,000 Ten Palms Stakes.
“She’s my high-maintenance chick in the barn. I was very concerned. It was hot and she didn’t clean up her food. I’m a mother, I worry about everything,” owner/trainer Amy Tarrant said. “But she did a great job and Edgar gave her a great ride and did everything he needed to do to win. I knew if she ran her best race and got a good trip that she could win it, and she did.”
Sent to post at 17-1, Ready Signal rated off the pace while saving ground, as She’s Spooky and stalking Angel’s South showed the way around the first turn and along the backstretch. Byrama, the 2-1 favorite ridden by John Velazquez, saved ground directly behind the pacesetters and made her move turning for home, slipping inside a fading She’s Spooky before being taken on by a resurgent Angel’s South.
Prado took Ready Signal to the outside for her run, and she proved best in the mile turf stakes by a nose over Byrama, who was another head in front of Angel’s South.
“It worked out beautifully, exactly how we planned it. I was able to split horses and she was there for me. I was very fortunate to have that kind of trip,” Prado said. “It was close (at the finish), because I didn't know how much horse Johnny had when he got through, but the angle made the difference.”
Ready Signal ran the mile in 1:34.10 to collect her third win and first stakes victory of her 18-race career. “She’s done well for us. She’s had some bad trips. It’s gratifying that she could win this and show what she is. It’s her first stakes win. She’s been stakes-place before,” said Tarrant, who saddled Ready Signal for a second-place finish in the 2011 Ginger Brew Stakes, in which she lost a photo finish to Frolic’s Revenge.
Tarrant will savor Ready Signal’s initial stakes success before deciding what is next for her mare.
“I’m just going to enjoy this. I don’t know. Remember she’s 5, I might send her to the breeding shed. No matter what, she’s going to be bred,” Tarrant said. “Right now, I’m just going to enjoy it. I love this horse.”