Friday, January 2, 2015

Paulassilverlining headlines talented group in Ruthless



Friday, January 2, 2015


Contact: Sean Morris


Paulassilverlining headlines talented group in Ruthless


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - An intriguing field of 3-year-old fillies is set to contest the six-furlong, $100,000 Ruthless on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack, led by Grade 2 Matron winner Paulassilverlining.


Trained by Michelle Nevin for Vincent Scuderi, Paulassilverlining has not raced since finishing second in the one-mile, Grade 3 Tempted on November 2 at Aqueduct. The Tempted, which was contested over a main track labeled "good", was the third time Paulassilverlining ran on a wet track through her first four starts, including her maiden win on August 22 at Saratoga Race Course.


In her lone start over fast dirt, the Nevin trainee came from off the pace to take the six-furlong Matron by 1 ¼ lengths on October 5 at Belmont.


Paulassilverlining, the 8-5 morning-line favorite, will be ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. from post 2.


The second choice on the morning line at 5-2 is Dickinson, a regally bred filly owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin that has yet to break her maiden. Dickinson, a daughter of Medaglia d'Oro out of Grade 1 winner Little Belle, debuted on November 30 at the Big A, and finished second to fellow Ruthless entrant Noble and a Beauty.


"We think she's a stakes-caliber filly," said Arthur Magnuson, assistant to McLaughlin. "If it doesn't work out, we can always go back to a maiden race, but we like her and she couldn't be doing any better."


Breaking from the rail in her debut, Dickinson settled well behind the early pace and made a move into contention at the three-eighths pole. Though she was unable to catch Noble and a Beauty in the stretch, the bay filly ran on well to be beaten 2 ½ lengths on the line.


"She had a tough post in her debut; it was very educational for her," said Magnuson. "She was ready to run, but we tend to do better second-time out, and drawing outside should be a big help."


Junior Alvarado will be aboard Dickinson, who will be running with Lasix for the first time, from outermost post 5.


Trainer by Rick Violette and My Meadowview Farm - the same connections that won last year's Grade 3 Withers and Grade 3 Gotham on the Big A's inner track with Samraat - will send out Noble and a Beauty. The chestnut daughter of Noble Causeway led every step of the way in her debut win, earning a 78 Beyer Speed Figure for the performance.


Noble and a Beauty, 3-1 on the morning line, will break from post 4 with Jose Ortiz aboard.


Completing the field are Darling Sky, a two-time winner for trainer Robert Reid, and Stormalina, a 3 ¼-length debut winner for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.



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