SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> With a sharp improvement in form in his last race, Everybodyluvsrudy put himself in Friday’s $100,000 Curlin Stakes.
The Curlin, at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, is for 3-year-olds that have not won a graded stakes over a mile this year.
As such, it is an opportunity for that group to avoid Saturday’s rich Jim Dandy Stakes and still earn a chance in the Travers Stakes in four weeks.
Everybodyluvsrudy is coming off a Belmont allowance victory on July 4 at one mile, for 3-year-olds and up.
“We were kind of surprised,” commented trainer Rudy Rodriguez. “We’ve always liked the horse and he has always trained good, but it looked like in the last race he got it all together. He’s going to have to step up here because it looks pretty deep. He’s coming to the race good and he looks good, and he’s going to have to wake up even more, because he has to.”
The son of Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags has always hinted at ability, enough so that he was fifth in last year’s Hopeful Stakes to Practical Joke as a maiden.
In his next start he was second to Mo Town, who later last fall captured the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes.
“Maybe he’s coming back a little quicker than we want, but there aren’t too many three-year-old races now, and we always wanted to run him a mile and an eighth, so this is a good opportunity for that,” said Rodriguez. “Hopefully we’ll get a good position.”
Owned by Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables LLC, Everybodyluvsrudy breaks from the rail under jockey Paco…
click here to read more.