Richiegirl goes wild in Old Hat
Richard Ravin's RICHIEGIRLGONEWILD (Wildcat Heir) wasn't given much of shot in Saturday's $100,000 Old Hat S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park, but the Larry Rivelli trainee dug in tenaciously in the stretch to score a one-length victory as the 31-1 eighth choice in the 11-horse field.
Breaking from the 9 post, Richiegirlgonewild rushed up to take the lead while angling toward the inside under jockey Tim Thornton. The bay miss proceeded to reel off fractions of :22 1/5 and :46 1/5 while tracked by even-money favorite Cuff Me (Officer). That rival couldn't sustain the pressure and was soon overtaken by Criolla Bonita (Lightnin N Thunder) and Joanie's Catch (First Tour) as Richiegirlgonewild clocked five furlongs in :58 3/5. Nobody could catch Richiegirlgonewild, though, as she continued on to finish up six furlongs on the sloppy, sealed, dirt in 1:11 4/5.
The winner rewarded her faithful, but few, backers with payouts of $64.20, $28.20 and $13.60. Joanie's Catch got the best of Criolla Bonita in the stretch run, crossing under the line 1 1/4 lengths clear in second to return $32.20 and $14.40 as the 48-1 ninth choice. Criolla Bonita easily held Cuff Me to fourth while giving back $26.40 as the 85-1 longest shot on the board. Exotic players were gifted with $2,057.80 for the exacta, a $36,803.60 trifecta and a 9-4-3-5 superfecta that totaled $70,819.80.
Southern Truth (Yes It's True) followed the top four under the line, with Touching Beauty (Tapit), My Jen (Fusaichi Pegasus), Malibu Legacy (Malibu Moon), Dances With Ashley (Wildcat Heir), Female Drama (Indian Charlie) and Carphonic (Lion Heart) completing the order of finish.
Richiegirlgonewild is now undefeated from three career starts and has banked $96,600 in lifetime earnings. She began her career at Arlington Park last May, capturing a two-furlong maiden by four lengths on the Polytrack, then wasn't seen in competition again until reappearing at Charles Town on November 18, where she scored a three-length allowance victory over males. The bay lass received Lasix for the first time while making her three-year-old debut here.
Bred in Florida by Robert and Mary Harris, Richiegirlgonewild was a $27,000 OBS August yearling RNA prior to selling to her current owner for $100,000 as an OBS March two-year-old. The filly is the first stakes winner out of her unraced dam, Dream With Angels (Saint Ballado), and has an unnamed juvenile full sister and a yearling half-sister by City Place. Dream With Angels is herself a half-sister to 2008 Korean champion Dongbanui Gangja (Broken Vow), and Richiegirlgonewild's third dam is Grade 2 winner Isayso (Valid Appeal).
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