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RUNALLDAY – Back into the winner's enclosure

Friday, November 03, 2017

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Being short on stamina to compete in the long Classic races, the Anthony Nunes-trained Runallday had to stick to sprinting and even though running some good races, Runallday went winless in her last eight starts.

That long and arduous road came to an end on Saturday as the bay filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge - Racee showed great on her previous two starts as she shattered the Stakes record of 1:12.0 by clocking 1:11.4 in the third running of the $930,000 Ronron Trophy over six furlongs (1,200m).

Nunes said that the race went according to plan.

“Good…the performance was very good. We expected her [ Runallday] to run well in this kind of race, and it was kind of set up for her with Loose Cannon and Fort Knox on the lead, and we just came on in the end for the victory.

“The plan was to sit right behind them [ Loose Cannon, Fort Knox] and hope that they would crack a little. That they did and we came through. She is a pretty average filly and will hold her own; she will win her races at the sprint distances,” Nunes indicated.

With Dick Cardenas in the saddle, Bilingual watched from third spot as Fort Knox (Paul Francis) and Loose Cannon (Anthony Thomas) blazed the early trail in the Restricted Stakes event.

Runallday began to creep closer to the leaders approaching the final bend, and by the time the runners entered the straight she was rapidly challenging for the lead.

Cardenas then prodded his mount, and with a furlong and a half to go, Runallday powered away from rivals to win by a length and a half over the fast-finishing Malachi (Dane Dawkins) and Loose Cannon, erasing Silver Cloud's previous mark.

Cardenas said as the distance just perfect, he was confident Runallday could get the job done.

“I rode this horse the last time out of the straight and we got beaten because of the distance. I said that this horse needs it a little longer, and we got just the right distance today (Saturday), and once we got a good run, I knew that we would win the race. She is a really nice filly and she is on the improve as well.”

— RUDDY ALLEN

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