Sunny Ridge was asserting himself as the field turned for home in Saturday’s $125,000 Jazil Stakes and drew off down the lane to win by 4 1/2 lengths over Grasshoppin. Doyouknowsomething was third and the favorite, Royal Posse, checked in fourth. Sunny Ridge, a 4-year-old Holy Bull gelding, ran 1 mile and 70 yards on the fast inner track in 1:42.45 with Manny Franco at the controls.
Sunny Ridge was a minor force among last year’s 3-year-olds with a victory in the Grade III Withers and a third in the Grade I Haskell.
“The plan going in was to stay as close to the rail as possible,” Franco said. “We were able to get there and from the half-mile to the quarter-pole, he took me. I didn’t have to urge him. He was ready and did it easy today.”