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Orientate colt sets track record in $150K Plate Trial S.


Sunday, June 03, 2012 |

River Rush is all alone at the Plate Trial finish

River Rush broke his maiden in style June 3, crushing the field in the $150,000 Plate Trial S. at Woodbine, with a track record performance of 1:48.97 for the mile and one-eighth.

The 3-year-old son of Orientate also became the 31st career stakes winner, 63rd career stakes performer for his Eclipse Award-winning sire.

Breaking from the outside post 11, River Rush was sent immediately to the rail to trail the field for the first six furlongs. Rider Jim McAleney saved continued to save ground, then when the field turned for home, urged River Rush to pass the pacesetter Incredicat. As the field of three-year-old Canadian-breds swung into the stretch, River Rush cruised to the front on the inside and drew off to a five and one-quarter length victory.

“This horse ran tremendous for me,” said McAleney, “(Trainer) Reade (Baker) gave me some instruction, if you can save some ground it would really help, so I opted to do as he’d suggested. We had such a wonderful trip. It was just great.”

Added Baker, “(We were) hung up on the outside at 20-1 with a maiden. I thought he’d close well but I didn’t think he would be that quick.”

River Rush will likely be one of the choices for the $1 million Queen’s Plate (G1) Sunday, June 24 at Woodbine.

River Rush is a Stronach Stables homebred, the first foal out of Sweet Tart, who is a half-sister to Willa On the Move, winner of the Grade 3 Honorable Miss S. and three other black type events.