Mike Recio’s Rockbridge Bloodstock has a long track record of purchasing quality racehorses. That acumen was on display over the final weekend of March with a pair of winners and a new blacktype runner.
Rockbridge 2-year-old purchase Jais’s Solitude settled for a brave 3rd in the March 31 Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and may have been best. The 3-year-old son of Afleet Alex was ready to pounce on the leaders rounding the far turn but was bottled up along the inside. He had to check during the stretch run but when a narrow seam eventually did open he surged through willingly to nab the show spot in the final yards.
Jais’s Solitude was purchased by Rockbridge Bloodstock for Mike Anderson Racing at the 2018 OBS April Two-Year-Old in Training sale. He scored in his debut last September and ran a credible 4th in his next start, the $200,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf.
While Jais’s Solitude was unlucky not to have his picture taken, two other Rockbridge purchase were led into the winner’s circle a day earlier.
Slippery made it two in a row with a 5 1/4-length romp in an entry level Allowance contest at Mahoning Valley. The son of Liason also races for Mike Anderson Racing along with his partner Donald Todd. The 4-year-old filly was purchased by Rockbridge for the partnership at the 2017 OBS June Two-Year-Old in Training auction. She scored her first victory versus Maiden Special company on March 11 and has been off the board only once in her first five outings.
Rockbridge Yearling purchase Ballston closed out her career in style that same afternoon. Breaking favored from the rail in an 8-furlong Allowance heat at Turfway Park, she stalked the early leaders before taking a commanding lead at the top of the stretch and cruising to 1-length triumph.
The daughter of Giant’s Causeway was selected and purchased for Brushy Hill Enterprises, LLC at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling sale. She’s now on her way to the breeding shed having already earned spot in the first book of multiple Grade 1 winner West Coast.