05/29/2009 11:00PM

Rutherienne makes her million


Rutherienne ($3.60) vaulted over the $1 million mark in career earnings with a decisive score in the Grade 2, $301,600 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.

Rutherienne stalked the leaders along the inside on the turn in the 1o1/16-mile turf event. She found room approaching the eighth pole and scooted home on top by three lengths over a closing Callwood Dancer, who had a troubled trip.

Meadow Saffron dueled through moderate fractions with Remarkable Remy before fading to third in the nine-horse field of fillies and mares. Dance to My Tune was scratched.

Alan Garcia rode Rutherienne for owner Virginia Kraft Payson and trainer Christophe Clement.

"There wasn't too much speed in the race," said Garcia. "My filly was comfortable where she was. I was patient until the top of the stretch. I was looking for room at the quarter pole, and then [a hole] opened up. She went in there, and kicked away."

Rutherienne covered the distance over a course labeled good in 1:41.89. First money of $180,000 boosted her bankroll to $1,141,555.