09/05/2011 6:55PM

Del Mar: Ruler of Dubai all the way in I'm Smokin


DEL MAR, Calif. - Ruler of Dubai grabbed the lead leaving the gate and never looked back when he led from start to finish in the $100,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds on Monday at Del Mar.

It was the second straight win in a California-bred stakes this meet for Ruler of Dubai, who won the Graduation Stakes on Aug. 3.

Ruler of Dubai ($19.20) romped by 3 1/4 lengths over 3-5 favorite Champions Gate, who rallied for second after bobbling at the start. He beat Rousing Sermon by a head for third.

Ruler of Dubai was timed in 1:09.42 for six furlongs on Polytrack. Mike Smith rode Ruler of Dubai for trainer George Papaprodromou. He is owned by Harout Keshishian, for whom he has won three times in five starts.