10/30/2014 7:31PM

Regally Ready takes Big Bear Stakes

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Regally Ready and jockey Rosie Napravnik win the Big Bear Stakes on Thursday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Regally Ready extended his streak of stakes wins to three races in Thursday’s $80,700 Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita, the ninth career stakes win for the 7-year-old gelding.

Ridden by regular rider Rosie Napravnik, Regally Ready closed from fifth in a field of eight to win the Big Bear Stakes by a half-length over Stryker Phd, the winner of the Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs in August.

Napravnik, who has ridden Regally Ready to four stakes wins this year, said her mount was eager to move closer to the leaders on the backstretch.

“He grabbed the bit at the half-mile pole,” Napravnik said. “I said, ‘Not yet, buddy.’ ”

Regally Ready took the lead in early stretch and led by a length with a furlong remaining. Sent off as the favorite, he paid $5.60 and was timed in 1:35.65.

Stryker Phd, who was reluctant to load, closed from last to finish a head in front of 49-1 Safety Belt, the longest shot in the field.

Blue Tone finished fourth, followed by Soi Phet, Sweet Sunshine, Blueskiesnrainbows, and Politicallycorrect.

Regally Ready races for Vinery Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen. Best known for winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in 2011, Regally Ready has won 16 of 37 starts and earned $1,654,506.

Regally Ready won the West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker’s Cup on dirt at Mountaineer Park on Aug. 2 and the More than Ready Mile on turf at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 13.

“This is such a cool horse,” Napravnik said. “He does everything for me – sprint, long, turf, dirt.”
Regally Ready was pre-entered for Saturday’s BC Turf Sprint but was not among the invited runners. The Big Bear Stakes was the consolation race.