With a rousing run along the hedge down the stretch of Saratoga’s turf course, Sagamore Farm’s Ginger N Rye recorded her first career stakes victory in the $100,000 Smart N Fancy at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday, Aug. 27. She completed the five and a half furlongs in a sharp 1:00.75, just .29 seconds off the course record, in her second start of the year.
It was the second consecutive Saratoga turf sprint win for the 5-year-old daughter of More Than Ready trained by Horacio DePaz, both coming with Ricardo Santana Jr. in the saddle. The win was the fifth of her career, and increased her lifetime earnings to $294,973.
Ginger N Rye has proven her fondness for the Saratoga turf – she just missed by a head in her only other start in upstate New York in July 2016. The mare had also shown prior stakes class with two runner-up finishes at Laurel, rallying in the 2016 Dahlia and just missing by a head two starts later in the All Brandy.
Sagamore Farm purchased La Milanesa, with Ginger N Rye in utero, for $565,000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale. By Mr. Greeley out of the stakes-winning, multiple Grade 1-placed Hometown Queen, La Milanesa is a winning half-sister to millionaire and champion sire Bowman’s Band and to the dam of millionaire and champion sire Pollard’s Vision.
Ginger N Rye is the first of five foals for La Milanesa. The mare produced a Hard Spun filly this past February and was bred back to Liam’s Map.
Read more about Ginger N Rye’s Smart N Fancy win here
See Ginger N Rye as a baby at Sagamore on YouTube here