Wednesday, January 19, 2011
In a move rarely seen by a first-time starter, Supreme Ruler came from some 20 lengths off the lead to break his maiden going a mile at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 15. The 3-year-old son of Don't Get Mad ultimately won by a length to capture the lion's share of the $36,000 purse.
Supreme Ruler broke near the back of the 11 horse field, and had only one beat after a half-mile in a leisurely 47 seconds. He was still in eighth after six furlongs in a slow 1:14.53. Despite the soft fractions up front, the bay colt came rolling five wide with a huge rally to get to the wire comfortably in front.
The debut win for Supreme Ruler was also the first winner of the year for Don't Get Mad, who closed out 2010 in fine fashion when his son Populist Politics won the $109,825 Louisiana Futurity at Fair Grounds on Dec. 31. Don't Get Mad has also moved to Louisiana for 2011, where he will stand stud at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, La.
Supreme Ruler was bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift's owner B. Wayne Hughes, and is owned by Winquest Thoroughbreds LLC. Winquest purchased the colt as a yearling at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Summer sale.
Supreme Ruler is out of Smolensk, who was a Group 2 and 3 winner on the grass in France. She is also a half-sister to Better Than Honour, dam of Belmont S. (G1) winners Jazil and Rags to Riches.