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Cliffy's Future rallies in Rushaway

Cliffy's Future looks bright (Photo by Jordan Strickler)

Silverton Hill's CLIFFY'S FUTURE (The Cliff's Edge) rolled past the battling pacesetters turning for home and drew off in the lane to capture Saturday's $100,000 Rushaway S. at Turfway Park. Trained by Darrin Miller and ridden by Jesus Castanon, the dark bay colt completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 1/5 on the Polytrack.

In the process, Cliffy's Future followed in the hoofsteps of another Silverton Hill runner, Dominican, who won the Rushaway en route to taking the Blue Grass S. (G1) in 2007.

Cliffy's Future was last of eight through the opening quarter, as the front-running Ninth Client (Malibu Moon) rattled off the initial split in :24 1/5. A pace battle then ensued, with Sundays Baby Grand (Sunday Break [Jpn]) snaring the lead through a half in :48 2/5, only to surrender the advantage to Fitzaslew (Seattle Fitz [Arg]) through six furlongs in 1:12 3/5.

No Inflation (Repriced), the 2-1 favorite, made a bold bid on the far turn to strike the front. Meanwhile, Cliffy's Future began to advance, and he rapidly overhauled No Inflation. Cliffy's Future crossed the wire 2 1/2 lengths clear, paying $16.40, $6.80 and $5 at 7-1.

"I had a great trip," Castanon said. "I've been watching the earlier races and seeing how the track was playing. At the half-mile pole, he just took off. He really took to the track well. I didn't use everything in him so there's something left for the future. I know there's a lot left in the tank. A mile and a quarter should be no problem for him."

Cliffy's Future flew home over the Polytrack (Photo by Jordan Strickler)

Ziegfeld (Elusive Quality) closed from last, and despite failing to switch leads, managed to garner runner-up honors by a head from Toccet Rocket (Toccet).

Sundays Baby Grand checked in fourth, a head in front of No Inflation.

With this first stakes victory on his resume, Cliffy's Future improved his record to 9-2-2-2, $103,401. He was coming off an eighth-place finish in the Sam F. Davis S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.

"Coming in, we were really confident," Miller said. "He was a private purchase, and I didn't know a lot about him going into the Sam F. Davis. In hindsight, I wish I had asked more questions, but that race really taught me a lot and I was really confident coming in to this race. I was really concerned about how he would take to synthetics because his race last year at Keeneland wasn't that good. He did train very well over this track."

Cliffy's Future was bred by Bruce T. Hundley in Kentucky and brought $60,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling. Out of the Grade 2-placed Future Act (Known Fact), he is a half-brother to stakes victor Immediate Reaction (Cozzene).


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