08/31/2008 12:00AM

Judiths Wild Rush becomes a millionaire


Judiths Wild Rush snapped a 17-race losing streak to earn his 12th career win and pass the $1 million mark in earnings with his three-quarter-length victory in the $50,000 Waquoit Stakes at Suffolk Downs.

The nominal prep race for Massachusetts Handicap on Sept. 20 was supposed to be the testing grounds for Jalil, Goldolphin Racing's international traveler, but Judiths Wild Rush sat closer to the reasonable pace set by local star Riversrunrylee and wore him down while Jalil struggled home in third.

Judiths Wild Rush, a 7-year-old, was a three-time champion in Canada but had been unable to reach the winner's circle since January 2007 with a dozen second- and third-place finishes in between. The son of Wild Rush races for Harvey Tenenbaum and trainer Julian Canet and was ridden by Orlando Bocachica.

"The main thing has been getting him over the million-dollar mark, because the owner wants to retire him in Canada next year," said Canet. "I'm happy for the old camper. He tries really hard."

Riversrunrylee grabbed control of the pace, going a half-mile in 47.26 seconds and six furlongs in 1:11.94 with Judiths Wild Rush tracking from third. The two hooked up in the final furlong, with Judiths Wild Rush grinding home in 1:46.62 for 1 1/16 miles and paying $9 as the second choice.

Jalil, the 1-5 favorite, was sluggish at the start in his first race since finishing seventh in the Dubai World Cup behind Horse of the Year Curlin. Jockey Rajiv Maragh geared down Jalil in the stretch, finishing 8 1/4 lengths behind the winner.

Canet said the Mass Cap might be too quick of a turnaround for Judiths Wild Rush, but that he would see how the gelding came out of the race.