Ron the Greek Overpowers the Field to Win Sunshine Millions Classic

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Ron the Greek Overpowers the Field to Win Sunshine Millions Classic
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Ron the Greek tracked the leaders, made a decisive move at the three-eights pole and poured on his opposition on his way to an overwhelming win in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.

I'm Steppin' It Up and Fort Loudon battled for the lead under swift fractions of 23.19 and 46.59 through the first half-mile with race favorite Mucho Macho Man stalking them in third place to their outside.

Cash Rules and Ron the Greek followed in fourth and fifth, but they were less than five lengths behind the leaders.

Positions remained unchanged until they started to round the far turn, and right at the three-quarter pole, Fort Loudon started receiving pressure from Mucho Macho Man, who was second just a half-length behind.

Cash Rules and Ron the Greek started to be called for their runs, but it was Ron the Greek that took total command of the race with an incredible move at the three-eights pole and was ahead by seven lengths as he entered the home stretch.

He just kept overpowering his opponents, drawing off to a 11.25-lengths margin of victory, and with jockey Jose Lezcano easing him up in the final meters.

Cash Rules, who ran wide on both turns, settled for second over Fort Loudon. Atoned and Decaf Again just passed the tiring I'm Steppin' It Up and Mucho Macho Man to finish fourth and fifth.

The favorite, Mucho Macho Man, never fired today and was pulled up by his jockey Mike Smith as they were reaching the three-eights pole.

As Mucho Macho Man crossed the finish line, distanced from the group, nothing appeared physically wrong with him, meaning we will have to wait until the post-race tests from trainer Kathy Ritvo tells us if there is anything wrong with him.

But the star of the race and the Sunshine Millions race card was Ron the Greek.

Mucho Macho Man was near the swift pace, but so was Ron the Greek, who was much closer to the leaders than he usually is.

Maybe Ron the Greek's connections learned their lesson from the Breeders' Cup Classic, where the trailers expected the leaders to come to them and make a deep stretch run ton win.

He was fifth just 4.5 lengths behind the pace setter, and when Lezcano asked him for his run, he gave it to him in dominating fashion.

Ron the Greek, a six-year-old son of Full Mandate out of the Fortunate Prospect mare Flambe, now has a lifetime record of 23-8-5-1 with earnings of $1,806,597.

He runs for the colors of the partnership of Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable and Jack T. Hammer. He is trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Jose Lezcano.

He now could be pointed towards a title defense at the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park on March 2.

 

Sunshine Millions Races Quick Results

Florida Sunshine Millions Classic S.
Purse: $400,000
Distance: One And One Eighth Miles On The Dirt
Track Condition: Sloppy
Winning Time: 1:49.19     Fractions:  23.19, 46.59, 1:11.03, 1:36.06
No
Horse Jockey Win Place Show
5 Ron the Greek Jose Lezcano 8.40 4.20 4.40
7 Cash Rules Luis Saez   5.60 7.40
3 Fort Loudon John R. Velazquez     9.00
Also ran: 4 - Atoned , 6 - Decaf Again , 1 - I'm Steppin' It Up , 2 - Mucho Macho Man
Winning Breeder: Jack T. Hammer
Winning Owner: Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable and Hammer, Jack, T.
Winning Trainer: William I. Mott

 

Sunshine Millions Distaff S.
Purse: $300,000
Distance: One And One Eighth Miles On The Dirt
Track Condition: Sloppy
Winning Time: 1:52.28     Fractions: 23.75, 48.16, 1:12.57, 1:38.37
No Horse Jockey Win Place Show
4 Successful Song Joel Rosario 4.40 2.80 2.20
5 Speak Easy Gal Luis Saez   4.60 3.20
1 My Pal Chrisy Luca Panici     2.60
Also ran: 2 - Delray Lady , 6 - Tale of Peace , 3 - Score Boyera , 7 - Mud Honey
Winning Breeder: Live Oak Stud
Winning Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Winning Trainer: Edward Plesa, Jr.

 

Sunshine Millions Turf S.
Purse: $150,000
Distance: One And One Eighth Miles On The Turf
Track Condition: Yielding
Winning Time: 1:52.89     Fractions: 25.68 52.09 1:16.76 1:40.83
No
Horse Jockey Win Place Show
6 Teaks North John R. Velazquez 19.80 6.20 4.60
2 Doubles Partner Javier Castellano   2.40 2.20
1 Shkspeare Shaliyah Paco Lopez     8.20
Also ran: 4 - Bad Debt , 3 - Slews Answer , 5 - Picou , 7 - Roman Tiger , 8 - Duke of Mischief
Winning Breeder: Brylynn Farm, Inc.
Winning Owner: Resolute Group Stables
Winning Trainer: Michelle Nevin

 

Sunshine Millions Sprint S.
Purse: $150,000
Distance: Six Furlongs On The Dirt
Track Condition: Sloppy
Winning Time: 1:10.27     Fractions: 22.15, 45.32, 57.37
No
Horse Jockey Win Place Show
9 Off the Jak Jose L. Alvarez 28.20 9.80 5.40
8 Bahamian Squall Luis Saez   4.40 3.00
6 Little Drama Javier Castellano     3.60
Also ran: 5 - Close It Out , 2 - Star Harbour , 10 - Black Diamond Cat , 11 - Cajun Breeze , 1 - County Gun , 4 - Hello Prince , 12 - Bernie the Maestro , 7 - Shock'emagain
Scratched horses: Quiz Whiz  (Trainer)
Winning Breeder: Big C Farm
Winning Owner: Sherry Parbhoo
Winning Trainer: Shivananda Parbhoo

 

Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf S.
Purse: $150,000
Distance: One And One Eighth Miles On The Turf
Track Condition: Yielding
Winning Time: 1:52.39     Fractions: 25.64, 51.01, 1:15.34, 1:39.81
No
Horse Jockey Win Place Show
5 Regalo Mia Javier Castellano 7.20 3.80 2.40
1 Hooh Why Ronald Dale Allen, Jr.   5.00 2.60
2 Romacaca Francisco C. Torres     2.10
Also ran: 4 - Millennia , 7 - Callmethesqueeze , 6 - Refining
Scratched horses: Speak Easy Gal  (Trainer)
Winning Breeder: Juvenal Diaz
Winning Owner: Steven W. Ciccarone
Winning Trainer: Michelle Nihei

 

Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint S.
Purse: $150,000
Distance: Six Furlongs On The Dirt
Track Condition: Sloppy
Winning Time: 1:11.07     Fractions: 21.99, 45.63, 58.06
No
Horse Jockey Win Place Show
2 Golden Mystery Luis Saez 6.00 3.00 2.20
5 Emma's Encore Junior Alvarado   3.20 2.40
3 R Holiday Mood John R. Velazquez     2.20
Also ran: 4 - Wild Bout Tiffany , 1 - Isn't She Grand , 6 - Becausei'mworthit
Scratched horses: Honey Chile  (Trainer)
Winning Breeder: Adena Springs
Winning Owner: Farnsworth Stables LLC
Winning Trainer: Martin D. Wolfson

 

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