06/29/2011 12:45PM

Pleasanton: Bonde brings Road Ready home for Livermore Valley Wines


The well-traveled Road Ready is hoping for a happy homecoming Friday when he meets seven rivals in the $50,000 Livermore Valley Wines, a new six-furlong stakes race for 3-year-olds at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif.

A $300,000 Barretts 2-year-old purchase in March 2010, Road Ready did his initial training here before winning the Lost in the Fog at Golden Gate Fields in his debut last year. The More Than Ready colt has been on the road ever since.

He’s made six starts – all in stakes – at six different tracks. In his two starts this year he won the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn and was third in the Chick Lang at Pimlico.

Trainer Jeff Bonde said that he and the colt’s ownership group wanted to showcase Roady Ready in Pleasanton, where Bonde grew up.

“We wanted to see him run at home,” said Bonde.

Since the May 21 Chick Lang on the Preakness undercard, Road Ready has worked twice at Hollywood Park and twice at Pleasanton. He posted bullet five-furlong works at Pleasanton on June 17 and June 24, prompting his connections to run him in the Livermore Valley Wines.

“He’s trained very well,” said of Bonde. “You get a chance to run against straight [3-year-olds], and that’s not going to happen much more this year.”

While the aptly named colt looms the one to beat, he’s meeting some talented rivals.

Ain’t No Other finished fourth in his debut at Pleasanton last year and has won five of six starts since. He won the Harry Henson on the turf in his stakes debut at Hollywood Park this spring and then ran third after taking the lead in the lane of the seven-furlong Laz Barrera in his last start on May 15 at Hollywood Park.

Mack’s Gold Bullet won the Dennis Dodge at Emerald Downs as a 2-year-old and was fourth in the Auburn in his 3-year-old debut at Emerald Downs on May 30.

There’s also the intriguing Midnight Fiddle, a half-brother to two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute.