|Ruby's Big Band Played It to the Wire in Saturday's JEH Stallion Station Stakes
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Saturday, April 14, 2012) - Ruby's Big Band, owned by Terry Propp and trained by Charles E. Smith, won the 16th running of the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes over a fast main track at Lone Star Park Saturday.
With Tony McNeil aboard, the five-year-old daughter of Bowman's Band chased the pace behind Joy's Paradise and Circustown Rose, posting fractions of :22.50 and :45.44. Ruby's Big Band battled early in the stretch with Joy's Paradise. Just before the sixteenths pole, she found another gear to cross the wire in front by one and three-quarter lengths. Joy's Paradise finished second, with Loose Play another two lengths back, placed third. The final time for the 6 1/2-furlong assignment was 1:17.57.
"I had so much horse left," said winning rider Tony McNeil. "When [Loose Play] came on the outside and actually went a little in front of her, she just took off. She had a lot left."
"She has been a pretty incredible mare." Said trainer Charles E. Smith, pointing out that Ruby's Big Band has won stakes in each of the four years she has been in his care. "The best part of this whole deal, though, is Tony agreeing to ride. I knew he had all the skills in the world to get her home first. I thought she ran a big race."
Ruby's Big Band earned $30,000 for her win in the JEH Stallion Station to increase her lifetime earnings to $272,449. It was her 12th win from 36 starts. A $2 win, place, show ticket on her paid $11.60, $6.20, and $4.20. Runner-up Joy's Paradise returned $3.60 and $2.80, and Loose Play paid $8.20 for show. Circustown Rose, Little Abbie, Naevus Girl, Badness, who stood in the gate causing an eight-length deficit, Playgirl Prospect, Vilao, Zippy Wager and Jodeye completed the order of finish.