Susan Moulton’s Solitary Ranger broke his maiden in style taking the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) at Arlington Park on Saturday.
Trained by Wayne Catalano and ridden by Florent Geroux, Solitary Ranger staled the early pace, took command on the far turn and won by a widening 5 ½ lengths. He covered the one mile in 1:38.17.
“I had a good trip,” said Geroux, who won the Futurity for the first time. “My horse broke very sharp. My horse was a little bit fresh. Mr. Catalano said to make sure I had something left in the tank. I just tried to nurse him around the turn and he got very relaxed. When I asked him, he went all for it and won very easy.”
Catalano, notching his third win in the Futurity (Dixie Band, 2009; Major Gain, 2010), said, “The horse has a lot of talent. I told (Florent) to use his own judgment but whatever you do don’t move too early.”
Also on the card, Holmark Stables II’s local maiden winner She’s Offlee Good remained unbeaten in two starts with her two-length score in the Futurity’s sister race, the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.
Well-rated mid-pack off quick fractions of :22.66, :45.50 and 1:10.89, the Richie Scherer trainee shifted out wide at the top of the stretch, collared the leaders in mid-stretch and held firm through the final yards while completing the one-mile trip in 1:37.98.
Winning jockey Eddie Castro said, “I knew there was a lot of speed up front and the pace would be fast. At the three-eighths, I knew I had a lot of horse and she had a nice response the last part.”
“I know she can rate so it was all Eddie’s race,” Scherer said. “I said if it’s fast up front, you sit off. If it’s not, you sit up there where you want to be. She does everything you ask her to. It was an impressive race and a nice ride by Eddie. For a second I thought she was getting late and tired but then she dug in and went on by. I’m extremely happy, of course.”
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