first_imgRONALD R RALLIES TO TAKE $70,000 LURE STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH AS VAN DYKE & ELLIS TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:33.18 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2019)–With a fast past to exploit, longshot Ronald R unleashed a powerful stretch rally to take Thursday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes by a half length under Drayden Van Dyke.  Trained by Ron Ellis, the 5-year-old Irish-bred gelding got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.18.“I told Ron that there is plenty of speed in here and it sets up well for us on paper,” said Van Dyke, who won two races with Ronald R this past summer at Del Mar.  “I had a rather smooth trip and I had a lot of horse.  I had to back him a little when I went to the inside (mid-way on the far turn), but once we peeled outside, he made it easy and he had a nice turn of foot.  He did the same thing in his two races at Del Mar (allowance wins on July 20 and Sept. 2).”Last at the half mile pole, Ronald R began picking up horses into and around the far turn and had moved into third position with a quarter mile to run as Van Dyke angled out for room.Claimed for $40,000 on May 12, 2018 at Santa Anita, Ronald R was idle until running off the bench at Del Mar.  Off at 13-1 in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up, he paid $29.40, $9.40 and $6.20.“When we claimed this horse, I told Jim (Harrison, of Hotter Than H Racing, LLC) that if we give this horse some time, he’d come back 100 percent.  I give Jim the credit, because he went along with what I suggested and he is doing very well.  It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race and Drayden was confident he’d run well.”Unbeaten in three starts with Ellis, Ronald R is now 15-6-1-2 overall.  With the winner’s share of $43,620, he now has earnings of $201,925.Seventh at the half mile mark, Ritzy A.P. rallied four-wide at the top of the lane to be second, three quarters of a length in front of favored River Boyne.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, Ritzy A.P. was off at 3-1 and paid $4.40 and $3.00.Off as the 5-2 favorite with Frankie Dettori up, River Boyne was mid-pack early, had to wait for racing off of heels turning for home and rallied well for the show, returning $3.40.Fractions on the race were 22.32, 44.49, 1:08.79 and 1:21.32.Racing resumes on Friday with day one of the Breeder’s Cup World Championships.  First post time for a 12-race program is at 10:30 a.m.  Admission gates will open at 8:30 a.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img