The previous record of 1:01.11 was set by Second in Command – who was once trained by Rice -- in the Troy Stakes on August 14, 2006.
“I set the course record? Are you sure the gate was set in the right spot?,” Rice quipped.
“I didn’t expect the pace to be as quick as it was,” Rice said. “We were going to put Myakka on the pace and have Lady Rizzi sit behind the speed. When the first fraction was put up, I thought we were in pretty good shape.”
Owned by John Donato and ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Lady Rizzi is a five-year-old daughter of Rizzi. Her victory was worth $9.30 to the $2 win players.
This has turned out to be a meet of milestones for Rice, who on August 18 saddled the first four finishers of the Mechanicville Stakes – Ahvee’s Destiny, Canadian Ballet, Silver Timber and Karakorum Elektra.