05/27/2017 9:58AM

Ruby Sioux by a neck in Jack Bishop Stakes

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Ruby Sioux (No. 3), with Ramon Vazquez aboard, beats stablemate Strive in the Jack Bishop Stakes on Friday night.

The Donnie Von Hemel-trained fillies Ruby Sioux and Strive finished first and second Friday night at Prairie Meadows in the $45,000 Jack Bishop Stakes.

Strive raced from fifth early in the 1 1/16-mile race but made an early move toward the front, after which she and her stablemate raced neck and neck the rest of the race. Ruby Sioux, under Ramon Vazquez, opened up by one length at the stretch call and held on to win by a neck over Strive and David Cabrera.

Another three-quarters of a length back came Cleverness as Ruby Sioux, who paid $13.80, stopped the timer in 1:46.28 on a fast track. The favored Lunar Gaze finished fourth, followed by Peppy Miller and Perfecta. Big Sister Ridge was scratched.

The 4-year-old Ruby Sioux, by Wilburn and out of the Touch Gold mare Honey Gold, was bred and is owned by Jeanne Bruce. Last year, she made a trio of starts in maiden claimers, but Ruby Sioux has made steady progress throughout her career. She won three of four starts last summer and fall and on Friday night was racing for the first time since a fourth-place finish Jan. 14 in the $125,000 Pippin Stakes.