Aliyah Maria wins Violet Stake

Aliyah Maria wins Violet Stake

Aliyah Maria captured the Violet Pace at Bamoral Sunday night.

Aliyah Maria knocked off nine rivals Sunday night en route to winning the $55,300 Violet Stake for ICF sophomore pacing fillies.

Harnessed by conditioner Roger Welch, and a recent purchase by owner Rocco Ruffolo, the daughter of Duneside Perch stopped the timer in 1:52.4 for driver Todd Warren.

“Going into the race I figured there was going to be plenty of action of up front and things worked out perfectly,” said Warren. “I thought I would be able to duck her early on and find live cover to bring us into contention. Even though they weren’t going quite as fast as I thought, things were setting up perfectly for this filly’s big closing kick.”

The super-sized filly utilized a :27.3 final quarter brush to best her nearest rival (Auniqueaquisition) by a length, while Dallas Jones picked up show money.

“I knew if I was within five or six lengths of the leader turning for home we would have a big shot,” Warren stressed. “I knew if I could just find a clear path to the wire I was going to have a big shot to reel in the leaders.”

The victory, the fourth of her brief career, pushed Aliyah Maria’s career earnings to $44,444. She now has 4-5-2 record in 16 lifetime starts.

Aliyah Maria is the second of three foals out of the Sportsmaster broodmare Maria Maria, and is a half-sister to the mare Bella Deona (by His Mattjesty) p,3,1:56.1 ($14,164), now five.