On Rainbow Bridge Takes Shady Wells
Category : News
Mon 15/07/2013 - 15:07 EDT
On Rainbow Bridge didn’t want to be left behind in her second start the way she did in her first. In her maiden bow on June 15, 2013, the two-year-old daughter of Bold Executive lingered in the gate, and then had to make a hard charge to try and close 15 lengths. She didn’t quite get there, finishing third that day as a 14-1 longshot. Her second try was this past Saturday in the $150K Shady Wells Stakes, for two-year-old fillies going 5 ½ furlongs on the Woodbine Polytrack.
Quick move off the turn decides the outcome
Breaking from post 1 under apprentice jockey Skye Chernetz, this time On Rainbow Bridge got a good start, and settled in along the rail, stalking the pace of leader Where’s The Carat, through a quick opening quarter of 22.83. That one held the lead through the turn, until Chernetz angled the Dave Coty-trained On Rainbow Bridge into the two-path and asked her for a run. She responded immediately, sweeping past the leader and drawing clear for a 1 ½-length victory. Paladin Bay finished second, and Where’s the Carat held for third.
First Stakes win for apprentice Chernetz
The win marked the first Stakes victory for the 20-year-old Chernetz, who is in her second full year of riding, and who was one of three nominees for the Sovereign Award as Canada’s Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2012. After a slow start to her rookie campaign, things picked up late in the season for Chernetz, and she finished 2012 with 25 wins from 385 starts. She got off to a much better start in 2013, and with the Shady Wells victory, has already recorded 18 wins from only 169 starts, as well as 19 second and 16 third-place finishes.
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