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Ruby Pumps Scores Upset On Turf
Ruby Pumps, the fourth wagering choice in a field of five, scored the upset in the $34,612 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Ruby Pumps defeated fellow outsider Cathy’s Crunches by three-quarters of a length in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race for fillies and mares. Plaza de Indias finished third, a neck behind Cathy’s Crunches.
Sister Kate, the heavy 3-5 favorite, and Freedom Reigns, the 5-2 second choice, finished fourth and last, respectively.
Ruby Pumps, dismissed in the wagering at 7-1, paid $17.60 and teamed with 9-1 Cathy’s Crunches for an exacta that returned $43.00 for $1. Ruby Pumps clocked a time of 1:44.53 while improving to 4-for-5 on the Golden Gate Fields turf course.
Ruby Pumps, trained by Tim McCanna, is a lightly-raced but very consistent
5-year-old mare who has five wins and five seconds in 10 career starts. Owned and bred by Russell and Lois Bennett, Ruby Pumps is a Canadian-bred daughter of Finality.
Jockey Russell Baze, who won three races Saturday, including the $100,000 Campanile Stakes with Unusual Way, came back with another riding hat trick Sunday.
Baze took the fourth race with Pahiatua ($4.80), the sixth with El Sabios ($4.60), and the seventh with Valentine’s Babe ($5.80).
Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation. The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.