04/13/2013 3:28PM

Parx Racing: Ruler On Ice lands in tough allowance spot

Barbara D. Livingston
Ruler On Ice is just 1 for 11 since winning the Belmont Stakes in 2011 and will make his third start of the year Tuesday at Parx Racing.

Ruler On Ice, who has gone 1 for 11 since upsetting the 2011 Belmont Stakes at 24-1, and Alma d’Oro, a multiple stakes winner mired in a 12-racing losing streak, will look to rebuild their confidence when both New York-based horses ship to Parx Racing for Tuesday’s $55,000 feature.

The one-mile money allowance drew a stakes-caliber field of six that also includes Easter Gift, the winner of the Grade 3 Smarty Jones at Parx last September, and Ponzi Scheme, the winner of a sprint stakes at Monmouth Park last summer and a two-time stakes winner going two turns in 2011.

The now 5-year-old Ruler On Ice looked like he had regained his form when he defeated three opponents in a third-level optional $75,000 claimer going a mile at Aqueduct in late January to snap a nine-race losing skid. But Ruler On Ice regressed when he endured a wide trip and finished ahead of only two horses in the Grade 3 Excelsior on March 23.

An excursion to Parx, where he has run well in the past, could be what Ruler On Ice needs to restore his confidence.

In February 2011, Ruler On Ice cleared his first allowance condition at Parx as the 4-5 favorite. Seven months later, he rallied to finish second, earning a career-best 101 Beyer Speed Figure, in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby.

Local jockey Stewart Elliott will become the seventh different rider whom trainer Kelly Breen has tried on Ruler On Ice since the 2011 Travers, a list that includes Garrett Gomez, Rosie Napravnik, and Alan Garcia.

The 7-year-old Alma d’Oro, part of an uncoupled entry for trainer Todd Pletcher, has gone winless since taking a listed stakes at Delaware Park in July 2011.

He subsequently has run well several times, including runner-up finishes in the Grade 3 Ack Ack, Grade 3 Skip Away, and the $250,000 Presque Isle Mile.

But his first start of 2013, racing over a sloppy track at Gulfstream Park against optional $100,000 claimers, produced a 74 Beyer that is the lowest Alma d’Oro has recorded since finishing last going 1 1/8 miles at Laurel Park in March 2011.

The best recent form belongs to the Chad Brown-trained Easter Gift, who shipped north from Florida to win a third-level optional $75,000 claimer at Aqueduct on March 7 with a 91 Beyer. The runner-up from that race finished second with a 94 Beyer in his next start.

charles b More than 1 year ago
Not sure Ruler On Ice is much more than an allowance when he's right. However, I don't think his last race is as bad as it looks. If he is sound, he should fire big with this group.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
After watching Easter Gift win the Smarty Jones here last September,thought he would go on to win the Indiana Derby for Zito,instead he flopped..appears to be back on track now with Chad Brown and should take this one...not even sure if Ruler On Ice will get second,not a bad race for a Tuesday afternoon,look forward to watching ML
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
this was a nice 3 yr old.....3rd in BC Classic , 2nd Pa Derby , 3rd Haskell and won Belmont.....something seems off about him ...his last race , ridden by a top rider , the hors was kept very wide..soundness issues maybe
Dave Lengel More than 1 year ago
Actually Wayne, if you did your homework you would find that trainer Breen does exceptionally well having developed quite a few stakes horses over the past 5 years while having access to a relatively small supply of young horses to work with every year. I might add that the inventory he works with consists mainly of horses purchased at auction for under 6 figures, many of which he personally selected. My guess Wayne is that you are a brutally horrible bettor.
John Dutchy More than 1 year ago
Don't know what to say Wayne. Breen is a consistent 25% plus trainer at Monmouth and ruler on ice is a Belmont stakes winner. Drosselmeyer was in a funk too after winning the Belmont and then he goes out a hero in the bc. Not saying ruler is that caliber but he gives everything he has.
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
the horse is a $20k claimer--at best--trainer Breen is a brutally horrible trainer and couldn't train his way out of a wet paper bag--all of his runners underachieve--of course he won the Belmont--but so have many horses that were horrible--one lucky day does NOT make a great racehorse and I am sure Breen will continue to embarrass himself and the horse--he needs a soft $20k claimer @ Charlestown to regain his confidence--he is NO match for the field he faces Tuesday
Eric Von Zipper More than 1 year ago
Are you sure you don't have Breen confused with Bob Oliva of Renpher Stable?
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
then u should make lots of money throwing out his overbet horses
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
I always do
ChristinaA More than 1 year ago
I wish him luck. He hasn't been having an easy time of it lately. Stay safe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He's toast a money burner for sure.
Alex More than 1 year ago
The jocks keep screwing up his style, so many times he has been kept close to the pace then has nothing left. The way he was ridden last out was silly.