Ready Signal Proves Trainer Right with Victory in $75,000 Powder Break.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After Ready Signal captured the Ten Palms Stakes at Gulfstream Park last month, trainer/owner Amy Tarrant had a change of heart about sending her 5-year-old mare to the breeding shed, opting to keep the daughter of More Than Ready in training for another year.
Ready Signal ($17) showed she wasn’t ready to start a new career as a broodmare quite yet Saturday at Gulfstream Park, overcoming early trouble and closing with a rush from last to post a 1 ¾-length victory in the $75,000 Powder Break Stakes.
“Normally, she loses a little weight and doesn’t eat as much after a race. But this time, she kept her weight on; she was eating and bossing all of us around,” Tarrant said. “I said, ‘I better make hay while the sun shines with this mare.' She showed it today. She’s a true professional.”
Breaking from the rail in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares, Ready Signal was steadied sharply behind horses on the front stretch to trail the field into the first turn. Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman let his mount settle along the backstretch before asking her for her run on the turn into the homestretch, where she offered an explosive run to win her second straight stakes.
“I was worried (when Zimmerman steadied her mare). My heart went to my feet. After that he gave her a great ride. I told him that she’ll give him everything she has because she has so much heart,” Tarrant said. After the front-stretch incident, Zimmerman found the rest of his trip much less stressful.
“I saw everybody left the gate like crazy, so I just wanted to ease back. I didn't really want to jerk her back. Unfortunately, I had to, because it got a little tight for a second,” said Zimmerman, a Gulfstream newcomer who rode two winners on the card. “I eased her up in the inside and just rode a smart grass race and bailed out towards the outside and she went on to win down the lane. It was the easiest thing I've done all day.” Ready Signal ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:39.90. Saavy Hester closed for second a neck ahead of pacesetter Why Katherine.
Ready signal will be shipped to Tarrant’s Ocala farm Saturday for a few weeks of rest and relaxation before preparing for a spring and summer campaign in New York.
One race earlier, Yes I’m Lucky returned from a 3 ½-month layoff to post a game victory in the $75,000 Mr. Light, a mile turf race for 3-year-olds.
Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., the son of Yes It’s True was tucked in behind long shot pacesetter El Mono Verde around the first turn and along the backstretch. Approaching the far turn, jockey Paco Lopez had to take a strong hold of the reins while lacking running room.
Turning for home, Lopez guided his horse between horses outside of the tiring pacesetter, and Yes I’m Lucky took the lead at the top of the stretch before receiving a strong challenge by even-money favorite Cabo Cat. The two battled it out to the wire, but Yes I’m Lucky held gamely despite the long layoff to edge Cabo Cat by a head.
“Eddie told me to take a hold of my horse, because I know he has speed. We had a little trouble at the half-mile pole, but I had a lot of horse and he wasn't scared.
I knew Joe Bravo (Cabo Cat) was coming, but when I changed the whip, he gave me more,” Lopez said."When Joe came to me I wasn't worried, because I knew I had a lot of horse and I was really comfortable. I think the time off for this horse was good, he came back feeling good and fresh.
"Yes I’m Lucky, who captured three victories in sprint stakes last season, ran the mile in 1:34.20 while recording his first victory around two turns.