06/03/2012 4:20PM

Woodbine: River Rush sets course mark in winning Plate Trial

Michael Burns
River Rush, under Jim McAleney, posts the first victory of his career in the Plate Trial on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The 21-1 shot River Rush graduated in style while lowering the nine-furlong Polytrack record in Sunday’s $151,200 Plate Trial Stakes, a prep for the June 24 Queen’s Plate.

Jim McAleney broke River Rush from the outside post 11, and they closed stoutly from last along the rail to prevail by 5 1/4 lengths. Incredicat, who set lively fractions over a track that was playing fast, held on for second by a length over Classic Bryce in third. Big Creek was another head back in fourth, and favored Beeker Street finished seventh in the field of Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

The final time, 1:48.97, was .22 quicker than the previous record, set by Catch the Luck in 2009. River Rush paid $44.50.

River Rush earned $90,000 for Stronach Stable and trainer Reade Baker, who entered the colt in a maiden race Sunday that failed to fill. 

“This horse ran tremendous,” said McAleney. “Reade said if you could save some ground, it would really help, so I opted to do what he suggested. We had just a wonderful trip.”