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Undefeated Classical Ryder gets first stakes win

Saturday, February 25, 2006 12:00 AM
  • General
Flint scores 3,000th career win
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 25, 2006 . . . Classical Ryder cruised near the back of the field early in the Valdale Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, threaded her way through traffic, and then shifted into overdrive to snatch her first stakes win by a length. The three-year-old filly is now a perfect four-for-four, all at Turfway, and trainer Donald Hughes Sr. will next consider the Grade III Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup on the Lane’s End Stakes undercard. “Every race she runs, she runs from way back there,” said Hughes. “I wasn’t worried at all.”

“I don’t know—we were probably last,” laughed winning jockey Eddie Martin Jr. when asked his position early in the race. “It doesn’t matter; that’s how she runs. I hit her once and she jumped 20 feet. I waited, waited, waited, waited—I was really patient with her today. She’s a runner. She’s going to win again.”

Classical Ryder sat ninth in the 11-horse field while Unbridled Tale set the early pace under pressure from Seen Dancing and Anna Dana. Anna Dana got the best of that subplot, finishing well to take second. Grand Consequence moved up to finish third, another 6 1/4 lengths back.

Completing the order were Military Cash, Summer Cyclone, Seen Dancing, Unbridled Tale, Delicate Dynamite, Other Lady, Skip the Storm, and Money Code. Heavenly Oil and Auntie’s Trick scratched.

After following moderate fractions, Classical Ryder finished the one-mile Valdale in 1:41.47. The fifth choice at 8-1, she paid $18.40, $8.80, and $6.60. The filly is owned by Gail Hughes and G. J. Selbach.

Flint scores 3,000th career win
Trainer Bernard Flint joined an elite group Saturday when More Than Pretty won the 11th race at Oaklawn Park and gave the trainer his 3,000th career victory. According to Equibase, the industry’s official database, only 20 trainers have hit the 3,000 mark since records have been kept.

Of Flint’s wins, 542 have come at Turfway Park or its predecessor, Latonia. Flint has been Turfway’s leading trainer for a record 20 meets and has led all trainers for the year a record 8 times. He also holds the record for most wins in a single meet, 44 during the 2003 winter/spring session. Among his wins at Turfway and Latonia are 31 stakes, including multiple scores with Tempus Fugit, Ask the Lord, Discreet Hero, Seven Four Seven, Sold to Wallstreet, and My Sea Castle.

Born in New Orleans in 1940, Flint was a detective with the New Orleans Police Department and part-time trainer before electing to train full-time in 1976. He earned his first win in 1969 at Fair Grounds. Flint has won 213 stakes races including 18 graded events and has been the leading trainer at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, Hoosier Park, Ellis Park, Turfway, Canterbury, Sportsman’s Park, and Balmoral.

Racing continues Sunday at Turfway with first post at 1:10 p.m. In addition to its Wednesday-Sunday live racing schedule, through April the track is open for simulcasting from Wednesday through Monday.

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