Rinaldi delivers front-running tour de force in NYSS Cab Calloway

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

Bond Racing Stable’s Rinaldi (Posse) is wasting no time making a name for himself in the New York-bred sophomore ranks. In his third career start he dealt seven rivals a sound defeat in Wednesday’s $100,000 Cab Calloway division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series which was run at one mile over a “good” turf course at Saratoga. This was his second stakes victory.

On June 6, owner/trainer James Bond saw enough to like about his charge’s third-place finish in his Belmont debut to jump straight into stakes company when the opportunity offered. Rinaldi passed the test with flying colors with a convincing three-quarter-length win in the 7-furlong Spectacular Bid Division of the New York Stallion Stakes on June 23 after closely shadowing the pacesetter.

Four weeks later, reunited with Luis Saez who has been aboard since the beginning, Rinaldi added an extra furlong in the Cab Calloway and demonstrated conclusively that his first stakes win was no fluke.

Exiting post two like a shot, Rinaldi (3-1 second choice) was the first to show the lead, only to be joined by Smooth Tales, whose hand was forced by his outside draw.

Saving ground through the clubhouse turn, Rinaldi led by one length along the backstretch run. Meanwhile, 9-5 favorite Funny Guy tracked another length back in third as the quarter ticked by in 23.93 and half went in 48.51.

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Moving well under a loose rein, Rinaldi continued to blaze the trail through the far turn. Smooth Tales receded and Funny Guy began to loom as a clear and present danger at the head of the stretch.

Rinaldi repelled the favorite’s bid and began to put more daylight between himself and rest, ultimately opening up to a 4 1/4-length advantage by the time he crossed the wire in a final time of 1:36.28.

“He broke great, Saez said. “He was sharp and put me right there. He kept me clean all the way. At the half-mile pole, I felt that I had a lot of horse. Turning for home, he just took off for home and exploded. He’s really talented.”

Bond added, “He’s just stepping up the ladder slowly. We were hoping he would handle the distance and course and he answered that call. Luis [Saez] did his usual great job and made us all look good. I left it up to Luis because I’m not the one out there on that turf course. It [depends on] how they’re handling it going into the turn, and Luis has seen and done a lot more than I have.”

Bond feels that he has lots of options with his talented sophomore but won’t be rushing anything. “We’ll see where we go. We’re New York-bred, so we won’t be too overzealous. He’ll [run on] dirt, too. He handles the dirt very well in the morning.”

Bred by Barry Ostrager, Rinaldi is one of six winners from eight foals to start out of Kentucky-bred mare Dynamite Cocktail, a six-figure earner by Dynaformer. She has produced two other stakes horses, led by Hollinger (Black Minnaloushe), 2009 Sovereign Award Champion 2-year-old colt and earner of over $700,000. Rinaldi is Dynamite Cocktail’s most recent reported foal. Bond astutely picked the gelding out as weanling for only $5,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York fall mixed sale in Saratoga.

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