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Updated on 08/16/2010 8:30PM
Lightning strikes twice for Lynch as Miami Deco wins Breeders'
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Brian Lynch has done it again.
Three weeks after capturing Fort Erie’s $500,000 Prince of Wales with the 10-1 Golden Moka, Lynch orchestrated an encore with a different player when he sent out the 65-1 Miami Deco for a mind-boggling score here in the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes.
The Prince of Wales and Breeders’ followed the Queen’s Plate as the second and third legs in the Triple Crown for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds and both Golden Moka and Miami Deco were entry-day supplements at a cost of $12,500.
Golden Moka, undefeated in three starts in Panama last year, was making his first start in more than eight months and his first start beyond six furlongs in the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales.
Miami Deco, unplaced here in his lone outing at 2, remained a maiden this year after finishing up the track in his two outings at Gulfstream and then second and fourth in two attempts at this meeting before stretching out to 1 1/2 miles for his turf debut in the Breeders’.
“At the end of last year his shins were sort of bothering him,” said Lynch, who conditions Miami Deco for owners Jim and Susan Hill. “He took a little bit of time to come around.”
As time progressed, Lynch became convinced that distance would be Miami Deco’s hole card.
“As we call them in Australia, he’s a galloper, and I sort of trained him that way,” said Lynch, who was born in Brisbane and moved to California in 1986. “He’s got a good long stride. He’ll gallop away from the gate, and finish the last three-eighths.”
Lynch also allowed that the composition of the Breeders’ field encouraged him to take a shot with his maiden.
“As I saw how the field was shaping up I called the Hills, to try to convince them to supplement him,” said Lynch. “It wasn’t hard. They’ll let you do what you want to do, and long as they believe in you.”
Lynch’s next task was to secure a jockey for Miami Deco, with most of the leading riders already having commitments for the Breeders’.
His choice was 47-year-old Richard Dos Ramos.
“I just wanted a good, solid journeyman who would know his way around this oval and be patient,” said Lynch. “In my short time around here, I knew he was a guy who showed up for the big races.”
All the pieces fell into place for the Breeders’ as Miami Deco came from well back under Dos Ramos to run down Stormy Lord, the only stakes winner in the field, for a three-quarter-length victory.
Lynch said he now would consider Miami Deco for the Grade 3, $100,000 Saranac, a 1 3/16 race turf race on turf at Saratoga on Sept. 5.
“A lot of Breeders’ horses had success going there,” said Lynch.
Marlang, ridden by Dos Ramos, won both the Breeders’ and Saranac in 2008. Jambalaya pulled off the same double in 2005 and Shoal Water, second to Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando in the 2003 Breeders’, went on to win the Saranac.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Dos Ramos, following Miami Deco’s victory. “I had never been on the horse before, but he ran hard for me.”
The Breeders’ was the 142nd stakes success and one of three winners on Sunday’s card for Dos Ramos, who won his first race at Greenwood in 1981 and now has ridden a total of 2,097 winners.
His major wins also include the $1.5 million Canadian International with Thornfield in 1999, the Molson Export Million with Benburb in 1992, and Woodbine Oaks with Ginger Gold in 2002, Plenty of Sugar in 1994, and Playlist in 1986, and a previous Breeders’ with Carotene in 1986.
Stormy Lord will get some time off
The immediate victim of Miami Deco’s shocking performance was Stormy Lord, who ran very gamely under his regular rider Jim McAleney to fend off Cognashene for second money.
“I’m very proud of him,” said Ian Black, who trains Stormy Lord. “He ran huge. When Cognashene came to him, he actually put him away.”
The Breeders’ was the last turf stakes for 3-year-olds here for which Stormy Lord would be eligible but Black is in no hurry to make any plans.
“We ran him four times in five weeks, and they were all tough races,” said Black. “All being well, as a 4-year-old there’ll be many more options for him.”
Rahy’s Attorney regains his good form
Rahy’s Attorney, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Black, had been a cause of concern for his connections when he failed to show much interest in a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Nijinsky here Aug. 14.
So, there was relief mixed with the exhilaration after Rahy’s Attorney rebounded to score a game neck victory under rider Robert Landry here in last Saturday’s $100,400 With Approval at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
“I think he ran he ran great; he was very game,” said Black, who had watched the With Approval on a computer screen while attending a wedding. “He had to come the last five furlongs in 58.40, and he gutted it out. I was very proud of him.”
Black had reoutfitted Rahy’s Attorney with blinkers following the Nijinksy but still is not convinced they made a particular difference.
“After the last race we made sure we got right out and on the bridle,” said Black. “It was a different race, from the word go.”
While Rahy’s Attorney’s success obviously is welcome it does leave Black in a quandary with regards to his next move.
“There’s nothing there for him now until the Bunty Lawless, unless we take on the heavy heads,” said Black.
Rahy’s Attorney has won the Bunty Lawless, a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-olds and upward, in 2007 and 2009.
Interim options for the turf specialist could include a third crack at the Woodbine Mile, which he won in 2008, or try at 1 1/2 miles for the Northern Dancer.
Black points out that Rahy’s Attorney did finish second in the Grade 3 Sinsgpiel here in 2008 in his only previous try at 1 1/8 miles.
Impossible Time much the best in Victoriana
There were no surprises in Sunday’s supporting feature as Impossible Time returned $2.50 for her 4 3/4-length score in the Victoriana, a1 1/16- mile turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares.
Impossible Time, a homebred 5-year-old who races for Charles Fipke, was recording her second career stakes score and her seventh overall win from 13 career outings.
Jono Jones recorded his fourth stakes win of the meeting aboard Impossible Time, who was the seventh stakes winner here this year for Attfield.