08/24/2016 5:37PM

Rule sires his first winner

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First-time starter Regere won a $20,000 maiden-claiming race at Delaware Park today to become the first winner for his freshman sire, Rule.

Rule, who stands for $4,000 at Montesacro Farm in Georgetown, Ky., has had four starters from his first crop of 22 foals, and he also is represented by the juvenile gelding Ruled, who was second in the Graduation Stakes at Assiniboia Downs as a maiden.

By Roman Ruler out of the Personal Flag mare Rockcide, Rule won six of 20 starts while racing from ages 2 through 5 and earned $1,162,350. Trained by Todd Pletcher and campaigned by breeder WinStar Farm, Rule won the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup in 2012 at age 5 over Flat Out.

At 2, Rule won the rich Boyd’s Gaming Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs, earning $450,000, as well as the Jean Laffite Stakes.

At 3 he won the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay before finishing  third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. At 4, he won the seven-furlong Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga.

Rule is a half-brother to Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap winner Matrooh, and his grandam, Belle’s Good Cide, by Slewacide, produced Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.

Regere, trained by Ramon Davila Aguayo and ridden by Ricardo Chiappe, dueled for the lead from the start in the 5 1/2-furlong race and drew away in the stretch to win by 1 3/4 lengths at odds of 24-1 in the seven-horse field. Regere was bred in New York by Joseph Titone and Kimberly Rushia and is owned by Appledore Farm. He earned $11,400 for the win.