Buffum Sprints to Victory in Bold Ruler

Bold Ruler Handicap

Archives: October 2012

Godolphin Racing's Buffum came out running and never stopped as he posted a gate-to-wire score in the $150,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park Oct. 27.

Buffum, a 4-year-old Bernardini colt, shot to the lead from the inside post and ticked off fractions of :22.55 and :45.24 while being tracked intently by Associate and Little Drama on the far outside. Facing a serious challenge from those two rivals straightening for home, Buffum found an extra gear inside the eighth pole. He held well for a 1 1/4-length victory over Little Drama, with Associate finishing third, another half-length back.

It was the first stakes victory for Buffum, whose time for the seven furlongs was 1:21.68 over a fast track.

"He broke good and put himself right there, it was the only choice," said winning jockey Eddie Castro.

The victory was the second in three 2012 starts for Buffum, who was coming off a 3 1/2-month layoff following a sixth-place finish in the Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont. He began the year with an eight-length score at Belmont in May in which he recorded a career-best 105 Beyer speed figure at a mile.


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Stakes Race Details

Location: Aqueduct Racetrack
Distance: 6 furlong sprint
Track: Dirt, left-handed
Qualification: Three-years-old & up
Weight: Assigned
Purse: $150,000


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Nov 9, 2011 -- Calibrachoa captured his fifth race in as many starts at Aqueduct Racetrack with a victory in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Bold Ruler Handicap. Making his first start at the Big A since March, Calibrachoa prompted pacesetter Rule by Night through opening fractions of 22.29 and 45.25 seconds, claimed a narrow lead at the quarter pole, and shook clear of his rivals in the stretch to prevail by 2 3/4 lengths over Sangaree.



Past Winners of the Bold Ruler Handicap

Year Winner
2012 Buffum
2011 Calibrachoa
2010 Bribon
2009 Le Gran Cru
2008 Lucky Island
2007 Songster
2006 Tiger
2005 Uncle Camie
2004 Canadian Frontier
2003 Shake You Down
2002 Left Bank
2001 Say Florida Sandy
2000 Brutally Frank
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