SHINEONUCRAZYDIAMOND, DONEGAL RUNDLESCREEK, GINGER SPICE, WINNING IN USA
Ex-Kentuckiana Lodge performers, Shineonucrazydiamond, Donegal Rundlescreek and Ginger Spice, have furthered their USA careers with wins in recent weeks.
Shineonucrazydiamond continues to have found his niche with regular mile racing in North America.
The Australian-bred Somebeachsomewhere gelding notched his ninth win in 26 USA starts, taking his American earnings past $120,000, at Yonkers, New York, on Tuesday (NZ time).
Racing for the Ross Croghan stable, Shineonucrazydiamond settled fifth of the eight runners from the five gate for driver Brent Holland in a $23,000 pace.
He unwound best over the closing stages to win by half a length in 1:52.2 for the mile, twice round the half-mile Yonkers circuit.
Shineonucrazydiamond, who won three and was 11 times placed for $43,298 in his NZ racing for the Cran Dalgety stable, has taken a 1:50 mile mark on a mile track in America.
Donegal Rundlescreek (Bettor’s Delight-Boyd’s Creek), a diminuitive mare with tenacious qualities, was also exported to North America this year.
Now six, she initially won six and was four times placed in 23 NZ starts for the Cran Dalgety stable, earning $31,847.
She advanced her score in West Australia, taking her record to 13 wins in 54 starts for $147,191, before moving to North America.
Donegal Rundlescreek, now racing for the Anita Vallee stable, has won twice and been seven times placed in 19 USA starts, adding $51,400 to her career total.
She lowered her best winning mile rate to 1:53.8 with her latest win on the half-mile track at Yonkers a few weeks ago.
Ginger Spice, now 11, won six and was six times placed in 24 NZ starts for the Dalgety stable, earning $45,411.
Exported in 2013, she’s taken a 1:52.8 mile mark in North America, but her form had tapered with age in recent years.
She turned back the clock though when successful again at Freehold Raceway, New Jersey, on September 14.
The Tinted Cloud-Secret Spice mare, earlier co-bred and raced in NZ by the late Paul Nixon, and Rod Limbrick, from the Cran Dalgety stable, held by a neck in a $3300 fillies and mares pace in 1:57.8 (half-mile track).
This was her 14th North American win, taking her USA earnings over $190,000.