Adios Asher wins tight photo to take Aspirant Stakes

Monday, September 27th, 2021

The connections of Adios Asher celebrate New York-bred colt’s victory in Monday’s Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

By Tom Law

Adios Asher added his name to the list of stakes-winning or stakes-placed sons or daughters of Richard Ravin’s broodmare Rooney Doodle with a victory in Monday’s $116,242 Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes.

The 2-year-old son of Adios Charlie, a full-brother to 2018 Funny Cide Stakes and New York Breeders’ Futurity winner Dugout, led from the start and won a head bob at the finish with 3-5 favorite Daufuskie Island. The final margin was a nose, the same margin Dugout won by over Bankit to win the Funny Cide and also earn finalist honors as champion New York-bred 2-year-old male.

Adios Asher most likely put his name in the same race for 2021 with his second straight win in his first start on dirt for trainer Larry Rivelli. He won his prior start going 5 1/2 furlongs on Arlington Park’s synthetic surface Aug. 20, after a close third there 15 days prior going 5 furlongs on the turf.

Sent off the 9-2 third choice behind Daufuskie Island and the 3-1 second pick The Institute, Adios Asher and jockey E. T. Baird went to the front shortly after break from post three with Daufuskie Island tracking just behind after leaving the extreme outside post in the field of nine. Adios Asher led by a length after the opening quarter in :22.22 and just a half-length through the first half in :45.65.

Adios Asher (inside) holds off Daufuskie Island (10) to win Monday’s Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

The top two separated from the field – which included six maidens – turning for home and were 8 lengths clear at the eighth pole. Daufuskie Island, a maiden winner at Saratoga Aug. 12 and sixth in the Funny Cide Stakes 15 days later for Jeremiah Englehart, looked to have the momentum inside the final furlong under Dylan Davis. The two hit the finish together, with Adios Asher winning by a nose in 1:11.12. Daufuskie Island finished 9 3/4 lengths clear of Gimmedamoney in third with Cozzy’s Attitude fourth.

Bred by Ravin and foaled at Sequel Thoroughbreds New York in Hudson, Adios Asher races for Ravin and Vince Foglia’s Patricia’s Hope LLC. Along with multiple stakes winner and $554,282-earner Dugout, Adios Asher is the seventh foal out of Rooney Doodle to make the races.

Rooney Doodle’s seven foals to race are winners, led by multiple graded stakes-winning Illinois-bred Jean Elizabeth, the winner of 15 of 21 starts and $662,786 for Ravin, Patricia’s Hope and Rivelli. She’s also the dam of graded stakes-placed $322,104-earner What’s Up Dude, stakes-placed $75,587-earner Hollarforadollar and six-figure-earners Nevrmesswithrichie and Unscathed.

Adios Asher, now the earner of $91,045, and Dugout are Rooney Doodle’s first New York-bred foals. She’s also the dam of a Laoban yearling filly, bred in New York by Ravin, and was bred back to Adios Charlie in 2021.

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