VANZZY GOES COAST-TO-COAST IN $100,000 RUSHAWAY STAKES
Florence, Ky., (March 14, 2020) – Daniel Ryan’s improving 3-year-old colt Vanzzy went wire-to-wire in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park.
Trained by Mike Pino and ridden by East Coast-based rider Kendrick Carmouche, Vanzzy broke sharply from the field of seven 3-year-olds and easily assumed the lead through an opening quarter-mile fraction of :24.13. Carmouche continued to rate Vanzzy up the backstretch through a comfortable half-mile clocking of :47.93, while Uncork the Bottle and Something Natural tracked second and third, respectively. Turning for home, through three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.51, Carmouche and Vanzzy were able to kick clear of their rivals to win by 4 1/2 lengths. Blanket of Roses, under Irad Ortiz Jr., was able to close from more than 10 lengths off the early pace to nail Something Natural on the wire for second.
Vanzzy, who was sent off the 2-1 favorite, returned $6.40, $3.80 and $3. Blanket of Roses returned $4, $2.80 while Something Natural paid $2.40 to show.
Crypto Cash, Uncork the Bottle, Memorable and Amen Corner completed the Rushaway Stakes running order. Drew was scratched.
Vanzzy is a Kentucky-bred son of Verrazano out of the Forest Wildcat mare Selva. He was bred by Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds. Vanzzy’s record now stands at 6-3-1-0 with two of his three victories occurring on a synthetic surface.
The Rushaway Stakes is named in honor of the brilliant Thoroughbred Rushaway, who won the 1936 Illinois Derby and Latonia Derby on consecutive days. The race generally serves as an alternative option for the Jeff Ruby Steaks.