Saturday, March 6, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 6, 2010 . . . Irish-bred Rinterval earned her first stakes trophy at Turfway Park Saturday, winning the Wintergreen Stakes on, appropriately enough, the track's 4th annual Irish Day at the Races. Danzon closed from last in the field of 10 to finish 2 1/4 lengths back in second, a neck ahead of Irish Ridge. Apprentice Ben Creed was aboard Rinterval for trainer Eric Reed and owner Jerry Jamgotchian.
The Wintergreen trophy was presented by Tom McGovern, president of the Fenians of Northern Kentucky, the Irish culture and heritage organization that annually presents Irish Day at the Races at Turfway.
Racing between Complicity and Miss Luann early, Rinterval moved quickly to put pressure on the :24.55 and :48.94 pace set by Miss Luann. She took over after five furlongs as Miss Luann fell back, and was clear, though just a length ahead, entering the stretch. As Complicity’s own bid on the turn faltered, Irish Ridge continued a closing move to gain second, only to be passed in deep stretch by the late-charging Danzon, the 9-5 favorite. Rinterval set the six-furlong mark at 1:14.27 before finishing the one-mile Wintergreen in 1:40.68.
"I didn't think it would be that hot a battle on the front end, really, so I was a little nervous going into the turn," said Reed. "Then I saw her kind of get clear and I thought she would be home free from there. The way this filly ran the other day [close second in the Likely Exchange Stakes February 13], it set her up real good for today.
"I'm just glad Jerry kept her; he had her in the [2010 Keeneland] January sale and bought her back. She's tried hard. The only win we got [in the United States] was by disqualification, so this one we actually got our picture taken."
Deputy Darling completed the superfecta and was followed by Miss Luannn, Complicity, Elliday, Must Be Gold, Pursuit of Glory, and Elusive Surprise.
Sent off the 3.40-1 second choice, Rinterval returned $8.80, $4, and $2.80.
Rinterval made her first nine career starts in Ireland and England, breaking her maiden at Newbury and finishing second in the Parknasilla Hotel Goffs Fillies Million at the Curragh as a two-year-old. She made the first of her 10 U.S. starts in February 2009 at Turfway and was twice stakes-placed at the track before winning the Wintergreen. Her win-by-DQ occurred when she finished second in an allowance race at Presque Isle Downs in August 2009. The five-year-old mare counts three wins, four seconds, and three thirds in 19 career starts for earnings of $498,627.
Rinterval was bred by Irish National Stud and is by Desert Prince (IRE) out of Interpose (GB), by Indian Ridge (IRE).
Saturday proved a good day for Reed, who won three races on the Turfway card as well as the eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs with Giddyup Gadfly, also for Jamgotchian.
Racing continues Sunday with first post at 1:10pm ET.