Ruler on Ice

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Ruler on Ice
Ruler on Ice.jpg
Ruler on Ice in July 2011
Sire Roman Ruler
Grandsire Fusaichi Pegasus
Dam Champagne Glow
Damsire Saratoga Six
Sex Gelding
Foaled April 2, 2008
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm
Owner George and Lori Hall
Trainer Kelly J. Breen
Record 19:4–4–3
Earnings US$ 1,682,651
Major wins
Belmont Stakes (2011)
Last updated on May 20, 2013

Ruler on Ice (born April 2, 2008) is a Thoroughbred racehorse that won the 2011 Belmont Stakes. He was bred and foaled in Kentucky by Brandywine Farm in partnership with Liberation Farm on. He is a chestnut gelding sired by Hill 'n' Dale Farms' Roman Ruler out of the Saratoga Six-bred mare, Champagne Glow.[1] The colt was consigned as lot 988 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling auction,[2] where he was purchased by George and Lori Hall for $100,000.[3]

Racing career[edit]

In his career, Ruler on Ice has been out of the money three times in thirteen starts. He has raced thirteen times on ten different tracks, and of his three wins, two were over sloppy tracks. His trainer for all of his starts is Kelly J. Breen and he is currently based out of Monmouth Park.

2010: two-year-old season[edit]

Racing as a two-year-old, Ruler on Ice made his first start was in a maiden race at Monmouth Park on September 19, 2010. He finished fifth in a field of seven horses and was ridden by jockey Joe Bravo.[4] In his next start, a six-furlong maiden race at Delaware Park on October 4, 2010, he won by a head over four other horses and collected $22,800.[5]

2011: three-year-old season[edit]

Racing as a three-year-old, Ruler on Ice was second at an optional claiming race[6] and won an allowance race on February 22, 2011.[7] On May 7, he was a fast-closing second in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico, beaten by Concealed Identity.[8] On March 27, 2011, he finished third in the Grade III Sunland Derby to Twice the Appeal and Astrology.[9]

Triple Crown races[edit]

Ruler on Ice went into the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the US Triple Crown, on June 11, 2011, without running in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes. He was a 24–1 longshot to the favorites, Animal Kingdom and Irish colt Master of Hounds, and he was wearing blinkers for the first time. The colt won the 2011 Belmont Stakes in the slop, beating both Animal Kingdom (winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby) and Shackleford (winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes), who finished sixth and fifth, respectively. With this victory, Ruler on Ice became one of the few geldings to ever win the Belmont.[10]

Remainder of the season[edit]

On July 31, 2011, Ruler on Ice finished third in the Haskell Invitational to Coil and Shackleford by two and a half lengths. He ran with his stablemate, Pants On Fire, in a duo dubbed "Fire and Ice" by the press. Pants On Fire finished out of the money in fifth place.[11] On August 27, 2011, Ruler on Ice came in fourth in the 2011 Travers Stakes.[12] On September 24, 2011, he finished second to To Honor and Serve in the 2011 Pennsylvania Derby.[13] He was third at the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic behind Game on Dude and the 2010 Belmont Stakes winner, Drosselmeyer.[14]

Ruler on Ice (left) and stablemate Pants on Fire at Monmouth Park in 2011. The duo were dubbed "Fire and Ice" during the 2011 racing season.

2012: four-year-old season[edit]

Ruler on Ice finished eighth out of eleven horses in the Donn Handicap run at Gulfstream Park on February 11.[15] Five months later on July 25 at Saratoga, Ruler finished seventh in an allowance race and was second to Win Willy in a similar race at Delaware Park in August. Entered in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, his only graded race of the year, Ruler challenged the front runners until a half-mile into the race when his gait became more choppy and his jockey Alan Garcia eased him out of the race.[16]

2013: five-year-old season[edit]

On January 30, Ruler on Ice won an optional claiming race at Aqueduct Racetrack, his first since the Belmont.[17] He was fifth out of seven starters in the Grade 3 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in March.[18] Ruler finished fourth in an allowance race at Parx Casino and Racing in April.[19]

Pedigree[edit]

Ruler on Ice's sire, Roman Ruler (foaled in 2002), was the winner of the 2004 Norfolk Stakes and Best Pal Stakes and won the Haskell Invitational Handicap as a three-year-old, accumulating $1,220,800 in his racing career. Roman Ruler was sired by 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus out of the unraced mare Silvery Swan by Silver Deputy. Silvery Swan also produced the 2000 Cigar Mile Handicap and multiple Del Mar Mile Handicap winner El Corredor. Roman Ruler was the leading second-crop sire by cumulative earnings in 2010 and sired Champagne Stakes winner Homeboykris in his first season at stud.[20]

His dam, Champagne Glow (foaled in 1988), was second in the 1990 Frizette Stakes and won the Schuylkill Stakes. Ruler on Ice was her thirteenth foal. She also produced the fillies Lost on Champagne and Champagne d'Oro (winner of the 2010 Grade I Acorn Stakes and Grade I Test Stakes), and both fillies were third-place finishers in the Cinderella Stakes.[2] Champagne Glow was sired by Saratoga Six, who was undefeated as a two-year-old and was the 1984 Del Mar Futurity winner. He also sired the Grade I winner Toga Toga Toga and Saratoga Gambler before dying in a 2006 barn fire at the JEH Stallion Station in Hondo, New Mexico, that also claimed the life of 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick.[21] Champagne Glow's dam, Champagne Ginny, was a winner in eight of her starts and won the Boiling Springs Handicap. She produced five foals, four of which were winners.[22]

Pedigree of Ruler on Ice (Chestnut, 2008)
Sire
Roman Ruler
Bay, 2002
Fusaichi Pegasus
Bay, 1997
Mr. Prospector Raise A Native
Gold Digger
Angel Fever Danzig
Rowdy Angel
Silvery Swan
Dark bay, 1994
Silver Deputy Deputy Minister
Silver Valley
Sociable Duck Quack
Unsociable
Dam
Champagne Glow
Chestnut, 1988
Saratoga Six
Bay, 1982
Alydar Raise A Native
Sweet Tooth
Priceless Fame Irish Castle
Comely Nell
Champagne Ginny
Bay, 1977
L'Enjoleur Buckpasser
Fanfreluche
Seminole Girl Chieftain
Unified

Racing statistics[edit]

Date Age Distance Race Grade Track Surface Odds Time Field Finish Margin Jockey Trainer Owner Citation
Sept 19, 2010 2 5 12 furlongs
(1116 mile or
1,100 m)
Maiden Special Weight Maiden Monmouth Park Dirt 1.60 N/A 7 5 None Joe Bravo Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [4]
Oct 04, 2010 2 6 furlongs
(34 mile or
1,200 m)
Maiden Special Weight Maiden Delaware Park Dirt 2.30 1:12.19 5 1 Head Joe Bravo Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [5]
Feb 04, 2011 3 8.3 furlongs
(1 mile and 70 yards or 1,673 m)
Allowance Optional Claiming None Aqueduct Racetrack Dirt 2.50 1:43.02 5 2 34 length Jose Valdivia, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [6]
Feb 22, 2011 3 8 12 furlongs
(1 116 mile
or 1,710 m)
Allowance None Parx Racing Dirt 0.80 1:45.28 7 1 34 length Jose Valdivia, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [7]
Mar 27, 2011 3 9 furlongs
(1 18 mile or 1,810 m)
Sunland Derby 3 Sunland Park Dirt 6.50 1:50.91 11 3 1 12 lengths Jose Valdivia, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [9]
May 07, 2011 3 8 12 furlongs
(1 116 mile
or 1,710 m)
Federico Tesio Stakes None Pimlico Race Course Dirt 1.50 1:45.67 7 2 2 lengths Jose Valdivia, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [8]
June 11, 2011 3 12 furlongs
(1 12 mile
or 2,414 m)
Belmont Stakes 1 Belmont Park Dirt 24.75 2:30.88 12 1 34 length Jose Valdivia, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [10]
July 31, 2011 3 9 furlongs
(1 18 miles or
1,800 m)
Haskell Invitational 1 Monmouth Park Dirt 6.90 1:48.20 8 3 2 12 lengths Jose Valdivia, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [11]
August 27, 2011 3 10 furlongs
(1 14 miles or
2,000 m)
Travers Stakes 1 Saratoga Race Course Dirt 7.30 None 10 4 N/A Jose Valdivia, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [12]
Sept 24, 2011 3 9 furlongs
(1 18 miles or
1,800 m)
Pennsylvania Derby 2 Parx Racing Dirt 4.80 1:47.34 9 2 2 14 lengths Garrett Gomez Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [23]
Nov 5, 2011 3 10 furlongs
(1 14 miles or
2,000 m)
Breeders' Cup Classic 1 Churchill Downs Dirt 17.20 2:04.27 12 3 3 Lengths Garrett Gomez Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [14]
Feb 11, 2012 4 9 furlongs
(1 18 miles or
1,800 m)
Donn Handicap 1 Gulfstream Park Dirt 9.90 N/A 11 8 N/A Rosie Napravnik Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [15]
July 25, 2012 4 9 furlongs
(1 18 miles or
1,800 m)
Allowance Optional Claiming None Saratoga Dirt 2.50 N/A 7 7 N/A Javier Castellano Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall
Aug 25, 2012 4 8 furlongs
(1 mile or
1,600 m) and 70 yards
Allowance Optional Claiming None Delaware Park Dirt 2.00 1:40.45 6 2 2 lengths Alex Cintron Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [24]
Sept 29, 2012 4 10 furlongs
(1 14 miles or
2,000 m)
Jockey Club Gold Cup 1 Belmont Dirt 35.00 N/A 10 Did not finish N/A Alan Garcia Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [16]
Jan 30, 2013 5 8 furlongs
(1 mile or
1,600 m)
Allowance Optional Claiming None Aqueduct Dirt 1.25 1:36.97 4 1 34 lengths Irad Ortiz, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [17]
Mar 23, 2013 5 9 furlongs
(1 18 miles or
1,800 m)
Excelsior Handicap 3 Aqueduct Dirt 2.60 N/A 7 5 N/A Irad Ortiz, Jr. Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [18]
Apr 16, 2013 5 8 furlongs
(1 mile or
1,600 m)
Allowance None Parx Dirt 2.10 N/A 6 4 N/A Stewart Elliott Kelly Breen George and Lori Hall [19]

References[edit]

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