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Cavorting became Racing’s Latest Millionaire As She Wins The Ruffian

Peter Pan Stakes Day

Cavorting, with Javier Castellano aboard wins 40th running the Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park on May 14.

(Photo by Sue Kawczynski/Eclipse Sportswire)

Now that’s more like it. Stonestreet Stables’ Cavorting became racing’s latest millionaire with a dominant five-length victory while going a flat mile in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on May 14. The win snapped a three-race losing streak for the Grade I-winning daughter of Bernardini.

Cavorting, who had never previously won beyond seven furlongs, entered the Ruffian following losses in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, the La Brea Stakes (G1) in December and the April 17 Distaff Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct off a nearly 12-week layoff. Last month’s tightener served her well, as the Ruffian was never in doubt.

Cavorting and first-time rider Javier Castellano tracked the leaders in fourth, ranged up to the front on the far turn and then motored home to win going away. Favorite Carrumba checked in second with Spelling Again another 2 ¼-lengths back in third. Cavorting stopped the clock in 1:34.05 and earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure.

“It was very impressive,” said winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin the day after the race. “Javier did a great job. He had a plan and the race came up just like he saw it.”

Cavorting’s return to top form sets up a potentially juicy matchup of distaffers in next month’s $1 million Ogden Phipps (G1) on the Belmont Stakes undercard. It could be Breeders’ Cup quality, as among those pointing to the B.C. “Win and You’re In” race are multiple graded stakes winners Forever Unbridled, Curalina, Stopchargingmaria, Sheer Drama and Carrumba.

“Looking ahead, we’re probably coming into the toughest filly and mare race of the year, but we’re pointing that way,” McLaughlin told Belmont publicity. “It makes sense.”

Cavorting reeled off three straight stakes wins last year prior to the Breeders’ Cup, including the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga. For her career, she has won six of eleven starts and the $150,000 winner’s share of the Ruffian pushes her bankroll to $1,128,000.

Bred in Kentucky by Swettenham Stud, Cavorting is out of the Carson City mare Promenade Girl. She was purchased by Stonestreet for $360,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

-- Victor Ryan