Saturday, November 26, 2011

‘Aruba’ resorts to late-running tactics to take Kingarvie

TORONTO, November 26 – Donna Blake's Run In Aruba rallied wide down the lane to capture Saturday's $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes at Woodbine.

It was the second-consecutive win for the Ralph Biamonte trainee who came into the event off a narrow score in a mile and seventy yards allowance tilt.

Multiple-stakes winner Jenna's Wabbit, also conditioned by Biamonte, led the compact seven-horse field through a quarter in :25.19 and a half in :49.34 as Stage Best and Thatboathassailed watched from close proximity. Run In Aruba, sitting last down the back straightaway, angled five-wide through the turn and swept by his stablemate to score a three and a half length win. Ultimate Destiny closed for second, a head in front of True Executive. The final running time of the 1 1/16-mile event for two-year-olds was 1:45.23.

Biamonte, who also saddled post-time favourite Jenna's Wabbit, was happy not to have put all his eggs in one basket.

"Aruba's been going so good, I've been trying to tell everybody," said Biamonte. "Jenna has been training good, but I didn't know if he could go that far, but I knew that Aruba could."

Run In Aruba's first stakes score marked the ninth added-money victory for Biamonte this season, of which eight have come with two-year-olds. Run In Aruba was steered to victory by leading rider Luis Contreras, his third winner on the card, who won his 200th race of the meet on Friday and is making a late run to break the record for most wins in one Woodbine meet, 221, held by Mickey Walls, who achieved the feat in 1991.

Run In Aruba paid $15.60, $6.90 and $6.70, combining with Ultimate Destiny ($10.10, $10.30) for a $133 exactor. True Executive ($6) completed a $601.50 triactor.

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